The definition of a canard is a false or misleading story.noun
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- a false, esp. malicious, report that has been fabricated with the intention of doing harm
- an airplane whose horizontal stabilizer is located forward of the wing or wings
- the horizontal control and stabilizing surfaces in such an aircraft
Origin: Fr, a duck, hoax; prob. < can, echoic for duck's quack + -ard, -ard; short for (vendre) un canard (à moitié), lit., (to half-sell) a duck, i.e., to cheat
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- 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.
Origin: 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.