(1) A deliberately misleading fabrication
From . It has been suggested that there was a French phrase "to half-sell a duck" which meant to fool or cheat someone.
- A false or misleading report or story, especially if deliberately so.
- A type of aircraft in which the primary horizontal control and stabilization surfaces are in front of the main wing.
- 2005: It’s a cinch, now that Spurling has cleared away a century’s worth of misapprehensions and canards. — The New Yorker, 29 August 2005, page 78.
From , which evolved from the Old French (from the Latin ). It has been suggested that the addition of the c enabled the word to be distinguished from .