weather vane

or weath·er·vane

Origin of weather vane

First recorded in 1715–25
Also called vane, wind vane.
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Related Words for weather-vane

cock, vane, anemometer, weathercock, windsock

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British Dictionary definitions for weather-vane

weather vane

noun
  1. a vane designed to indicate the direction in which the wind is blowing
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Word Origin and History for weather-vane
n.

also weathervane, 1721, from weather (n.) + vane.

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