paravane

noun

para·​vane ˈper-ə-ˌvān How to pronounce paravane (audio)
ˈpa-rə-
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paravane was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Paravane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paravane. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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