Meaning of canard

ca•nard

Pronunciation: (ku-närd' Fr. ka-nar'), [key]
— pl. -nards
  1. a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor.
  2. a duck intended or used for food.
    1. an airplane that has its horizontal stabilizer and elevators located forward of the wing.
    2. Also calledcanard&prim; wing&sec;.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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