empennage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French, feathers of an arrow

Noun[edit]

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empennage ‎(plural empennages)

  1. The tail assembly of an aircraft.
  2. The feathers of an arrow or the tail fins of a bomb or rocket used to stabilize the longitudinal axis of the projectile parallel to the flight path.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

empenner +‎ -age

Noun[edit]

empennage f ‎(plural empennages)

  1. fletching
  2. empennage