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[dawg-veyn, dog-]
noun Nautical.
  1. a small vane that shows the direction of the wind, mounted in a position visible to a helmsman.
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Origin of dogvane

First recorded in 1760–70; dog + vane
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Examples from the Web for dogvane

Historical Examples of dogvane

  • "Poo, poo; you have been taking a leaf out of Dogvane's book," quoth Joey.

    The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. I of 2)

    Michael Scott

  • Why, assume that the bird is drowned then, Dogvane, and get on.

  • "I guess I know now what you would be at, Dogvane," said the lieutenant.

  • Dogvane, what has the child been doing that you have imprisoned him in this way?

  • Here, Lauritz, you young scamp, go aloft and clear the dogvane.

    Skipper Worse

    Alexander Lange Kielland

British Dictionary definitions for dogvane


  1. nautical a light windvane consisting of a feather or a piece of cloth or yarn mounted on the side of a vesselAlso called: telltale
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