paravane

noun para·vane \ ˈper-ə-ˌvān , ˈpa-rə- \

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 and Etymology of paravane

probably from French para- warding off (as in parachute) + English vane


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