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paravane

[par-uh-veyn] /ˈpær əˌveɪn/
noun
1.
an underwater defensive device against mines, consisting of a pair of torpedo-shaped vanes towed at the bow of a ship, usually a minesweeper, by cables that can cut the cable of a moored mine, causing the mine to rise to the surface, where it can be destroyed or removed from the water.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; para-1 + vane
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British Dictionary definitions for para vane

paravane

/ˈpærəˌveɪn/
noun
1.
a torpedo-shaped device towed from the bow of a vessel so that the cables will cut the anchors of any moored mines
Word Origin
C20: from para-² + vane
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