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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of convertiplane.


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  • “Engineers are devoting increasing attention to the convertaplane, an aircraft combining the hovering and slow-landing features of the helicopter with the high-speed characteristics of the conventional airplane,” Aviation Week magazine reported in April 1948, borrowing Herrick’s spelling.

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