gabion

noun
ga·bi·on | \ ˈgā-bē-ən , ˈga- \

Definition of gabion 

: a basket or cage filled with earth or rocks and used especially in building a support or abutment

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To separate the outdoor courtyard from the parking area, the architects created a gabion wall — a fence-like steel cage filled with broken bricks and planted with vines. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "TriBeCa, by Way of Venice Beach," 19 Dec. 2017 The bags are placed into steel mesh boxes called gabion baskets. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Donald Trump to visit Louisiana on Saturday," 28 Aug. 2017 Hunky architectural elements — like gabion walls, and a trellis with heavy posts and beam — draw the eye while creating shelter and privacy. Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times, "What’s new, what’s next in Lorene Edwards Forkner’s garden," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of gabion

1573, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gabion

borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Italian gabbione, from gabbia "cage" (going back to Latin cavea) + -one, augmentative suffix (going back to Latin -ō, -ōn-, suffix of nouns denoting persons with a prominent feature) — more at cage entry 1

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