Meaning of paravane

par•a•vane

Pronunciation: (par'u-vān"), [key]
— n.
  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.
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