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1. An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story.
a. A short winglike control surface projecting from the fuselage of an aircraft, such as a space shuttle, mounted forward of the main wing and serving as a horizontal stabilizer.
b. An aircraft whose horizontal stabilizing surfaces are forward of the main wing.
[French, duck, canard, probably from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié, to sell half a duck, to swindle, from Old French quanart, duck, from caner, to cackle, of imitative origin.]
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canard(kæˈnɑːd; French kanar)
1. (Journalism & Publishing) a false report; rumour or hoax
2. (Aeronautics) an aircraft in which the tailplane is mounted in front of the wing
[C19: from French: a duck, hoax, from Old French caner to quack, of imitative origin]
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1. a false or baseless, usu. derogatory story, report, or rumor.
a. an airplane that has its horizontal stabilizer and elevators located forward of the wing.
b. Also called canard′ wing`. one of two small lifting wings located in front of the main wings.
[1840–50; < French: literally, duck < Old French quanart drake, derivative of caner to cackle (of expressive orig.); probably from the phrase vendre un canard à moieté to half-sell a duck, to deceive]
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