gabion

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noun ga·bi·on \ˈgā-bē-ən, ˈga-\

Definition of gabion

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

Origin and Etymology of 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 1cage


First Known Use: 1573

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