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The tail assembly of an aircraft, including the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, elevators, and rudder.
[French, feathers on an arrow, empennage, from empenner, to feather an arrow : en-, in; see en-1 + penne, feather (from Latin penna; see pet- in Indo-European roots).]
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empennage(ɛmˈpɛnɪdʒ; French ɑ̃pɛnaʒ)
(Aeronautics) the rear part of an aircraft, comprising the fin, rudder, and tailplane
[C20: from French: feathering, from empenner to feather an arrow, from penne feather, from Latin pinna]
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em•pen•nage(ˌɑm pəˈnɑʒ, ˌɛm-)
the rear part of an airplane or airship, usu. comprising the stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin, and rudder.
[1905–10; < French: literally, feathering =empenn(er) to feather an arrow (em- em-1 + -penner, derivative of penne feather; see pen1) + -age -age]
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|Noun||1.||empennage - the rear part of an aircraft|
fuselage - the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo)
horizontal tail - the horizontal stabilizer and elevator in the tail assembly of an aircraft
back, rear - the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
stabilizer - airfoil consisting of a device for stabilizing an aircraft
vertical tail - the vertical airfoil in the tail assembly of an aircraft
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