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canard

[kuh-nahrd; French ka-nar]
noun, plural canards [kuh-nahrdz; French ka-nar] .
1.
a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor.
2.
Cookery. a duck intended or used for food.
3.
Aeronautics.
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.
c.
an early airplane having a pusher engine with the rudder and elevator assembly in front of the wings.

Origin:
1840–50; < French: literally, duck; Old French quanart drake, orig. cackler, equivalent to can(er) to cackle (of expressive orig.) + -art -art, as in mallart drake; see mallard

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canard (kæˈnɑːd, French kanar)
 
n
1.  a false report; rumour or hoax
2.  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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canard
before 1850, from Fr. canard "a hoax," lit. "a duck" (from O.Fr. quanart, probably echoic of a duck's quack); said by Littré to be from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié "to half-sell a duck," thus, from some long-forgotten joke, "to cheat."
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