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par·a·vane

 (păr′ə-vān′)
n.
A device equipped with sharp teeth and towed alongside a ship to cut the mooring cables of submerged mines.

[From its having vanes to keep it at a constant depth.]

paravane

(ˈpærəˌveɪn)
n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a torpedo-shaped device towed from the bow of a vessel so that the cables will cut the anchors of any moored mines
[C20: from para-2 + vane]

par•a•vane

(ˈpær əˌveɪn)

n.
a device towed at the bow of a ship for cutting the moorings of underwater mines, allowing them to rise to the surface and be destroyed.
[1915–20; appar. para-2 + vane]
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