paravane

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noun para·vane \ˈper-ə-ˌvān, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paravane

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1919

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to cast off or become cast off

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