canard

[ kuh-nahrd; French ka-nar ]
/ kəˈnɑrd; French kaˈnar /

noun, plural ca·nards [kuh-nahrdz; French ka-nar]. /kəˈnɑrdz; French kaˈnar/.

a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor.
Cooking. a duck intended or used for food.
Aeronautics.
  1. an airplane that has its horizontal stabilizer and elevators located forward of the wing.
  2. Also called canard wing . one of two small lifting wings located in front of the main wings.
  3. an early airplane having a pusher engine with the rudder and elevator assembly in front of the wings.

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Origin of canard

First recorded in 1840–45; from French: literally, “duck,” from Old French quanart “drake,” originally “cackler,” equivalent to can(er) “to cackle” (of expressive origin) + -art -art, as in mallart “drake”; see mallard
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British Dictionary definitions for canard

canard
/ (kæˈnɑːd, French kanar) /

noun

a false report; rumour or hoax
an aircraft in which the tailplane is mounted in front of the wing

Word Origin for canard

C19: from French: a duck, hoax, from Old French caner to quack, of imitative origin
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