One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flying machine, an aircraft; specifically (a) a lighter-than-air flying machine, a balloon, especially a dirigible balloon, an airship; (b) a heavier-than-air flying machine, especially an aeroplane.
Mid 19th century. From French aéronef kind of airship, heavier-than-air aircraft from aéro- + nef ship.
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