1. A contrivance attached to some elevated object for the purpose of showing which way the wind blows; a weathercock. It is usually a plate or strip of metal, or slip of wood, often cut into some fanciful form, and placed upon a perpendicular axis around which it moves freely. Aye undiscreet, and changing as a vane. (Chaucer)
2. Any flat, extended surface attached to an axis and moved by the wind; as, the vane of a windmill; hence, a similar fixture of any form moved in or by water, air, or other fluid; as, the vane of a screw propeller, a fan blower, an anemometer, etc.
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Origin: OE. & E. Prov. E. Fane weathercock, banner, AS. Fana a banner, flag; akin to D. Vaan, G. Fahne, OHG. Fano cloth, gund fano flag, Icel. Fani, Sw. Fana, Dan. Fane, Goth. Fana cloth, L. Pannus, and perhaps to Gr. A web, a bobbin, spool. Cf. Fanon, Pane a compartment, panel.
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... Gov,( my Gov't) are prepearing for a time when there will be resistance to anti-viral drugs. Today this article from The Guardian along a similar vane: Bird flu drug carries a lethal threat http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1984555,00.html (snip) Natural populations ...
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... down to the midge. Look here and then go to the midge section http://www.geo.vu.nl/~sengel/chiropics.htm Note: the lab again, is Utrecht! Possible VanE there? Midges carry mansonnella streptocerca. Now, follow me here Midges are part of the Chironomids. Biomass: http://www.jonesctr.org/research/aquatics_research/aq_inverts_project_c.html ...
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