) KEY NOUN:
- An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story.
- 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.
- An aircraft whose horizontal stabilizing surfaces are forward of the main wing.
French, duck, canard
, probably from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié
, to half-sell a duck, to swindle
, from Old French quanart
, from caner
, to cackle
, of imitative origin