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[ahm-puh-nahzh, em-; French ahn-pe-nazh] /ˌɑm pəˈnɑʒ, ˌɛm-; French ɑ̃ pɛˈnaʒ/
noun, plural empennages
[ahm-puh-nah-zhiz, em-; French ahn-pe-nazh] /ˌɑm pəˈnɑ ʒɪz, ˌɛm-; French ɑ̃ pɛˈnaʒ/ (Show IPA)
the rear part of an airplane or airship, usually comprising the stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin, and rudder.
Origin of empennage
1905-10; < French: literally, feathering, equivalent to empenn(er) to feather an arrow (em- em-1 + -penner, derivative of penne feather; see pen1) + -age -age Unabridged
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/ɛmˈpɛnɪdʒ; French ɑ̃pɛnaʒ/
the rear part of an aircraft, comprising the fin, rudder, and tailplane
Word Origin
C20: from French: feathering, from empenner to feather an arrow, from penne feather, from Latin pinna
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