ruddervator

noun rud·der·va·tor \ˈrədə(r)ˌvātə(r)\
variants: less commonly

ruddevator

\ˈrədə(r)ˌvātə(r)\

Definition of ruddervator

plural

-s

  1. :  a movable airfoil at the trailing edge of a vee tail designed to perform the functions of both a rudder and an elevator

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Origin and Etymology of ruddervator

blend of rudder and elevator


First Known Use: 1945


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