paravane

noun
para·​vane | \ ˈper-ə-ˌvān How to pronounce paravane (audio) , 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

First Known Use of paravane

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paravane

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

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“Paravane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paravane. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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