noun , gabions
Etymology: Originally from Latin cavea: cage, via the Italian gabbia with the augmenting suffix -one
- a cylindrical basket or cage of wicker which was filled with earth or stones and used in fortifications and other engineering work (a precursor to the sandbag).
- a woven wire mesh unit, sometimes rectangular, made from a continuous mesh panel and filled with stones sometimes coated with polyvinyl chloride
- a porous metal cylinder filled with stones and used in a variety of civil engineering contexts, especially in the construction of retaining walls, the reinforcing of steep slopes, or in the prevention of erosion in river banks
- a knick knack, objet d'art, objet d"art, curiosity, collectable
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