[ahm-puh-nahzh, em-; French ahn-pe-nazh]
- the rear part of an airplane or airship, usually comprising the stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin, and rudder.
Origin of empennage
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Examples from the Web for empennage
The loose end of his leggin was caught in the wires of the empennage.
Bill gave him a lift and Breene was soon sitting on the empennage almost entirely out of the water.
- 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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