from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The tail assembly of an aircraft, including the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, elevators, and rudder.
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- n. The tail assembly of an aircraft.
- n. 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.
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- n. the rear part of an aircraft
French, feathers on an arrow, empennage, from empenner, to feather an arrow : en-, in; see en-1 + penne, feather (from Latin penna; see pet- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, feathers of an arrow (Wiktionary)