Complete Definition of "canard"

English
Etymology
F. term|canard|lang=fr||duck. It has been suggested that there was a French phrase "to half-sell a duck" which meant to fool or cheat someone.

Pronunciation
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÉË(r)d|-ÉË(r)d

Noun
en-noun

#A deliberately false story.
#A type of aircraft in which the primary vertical control surface is in front of the main wing.

Quotations
2005: Itâs a cinch, now that Spurling has cleared away a centuryâs worth of misapprehensions and canards. — The New Yorker, 29 August 2005, page 78.


French
Etymology
From term|cane|langfr + term|-ard|langfr, which evolved from the Old French term|ane (from the Latin term|anas||a duck). It has been suggested that the addition of the c enabled the word to be distinguished from term|âne.

Pronunciation
IPA|lang=fr|/ka.naÊ/
SAMPA|lang=fr|/ka.naR/

Noun
fr-noun|m|s|cane

#duck (of either sex)
#drake (male duck)
#journal
#:Le canard enchaîné

Related terms
cane#French|cane
canette
caneton

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