paravane


para·vane

noun \ˈpa-rə-ˌvān\

Definition of PARAVANE

:  a torpedo-shaped protective device with serrate teeth in its forward end used underwater by a ship in mined areas to sever the moorings of mines

Origin of PARAVANE

probably from French para- warding off (as in parachute) + English vane
First Known Use: 1919

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