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From Middle English chyne, from Old French eschine, from Frankish *skina, from Proto-Germanic *skin?. Doublet of shin.
From Middle English chin (“crack, fissure, chasm”), from Old English ?ine, ?inu, from Proto-Germanic *kin?. The Old English term is cognate to Old Saxon kena, and is related to the Old English verb c?nan ("to grow in size, crack, split, gape"), from Proto-Germanic *k?nan? ("to sprout, germinate, split open"), from Proto-Indo-European *geie ("to split open, to sprout").
chine (plural chines)
- (Southern England) A steep-sided ravine leading from the top of a cliff down to the sea.
From Middle English ch?nen (“to crack, fissure, split”), from Old English ??nan (“to break into pieces, burst, crack”), from Proto-Germanic *k?nan? (“to split; crack; germinate; sprout”). See also cheep (“to break forth from a shell or calix; to hatch from an egg; to sprout or put out shoots”) and tochine.