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falconet

[ fawl-kuh-net, fal-, faw-kuh- ]

noun

  1. any of several small Asian falcons, especially of the genus Microhierax.


falconet

/ ˈfɔːkə-; ˈfɔːlkəˌnɛt /

noun

  1. any of various small falcons, esp any of the Asiatic genus Microhierax
  2. a small light cannon used from the 15th to 17th centuries


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Word History and Origins

Origin of falconet1

First recorded in 1850–55; falcon + -et

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Example Sentences

They were provided with sails and twelve oars each, and a falconet, or small brass cannon.

Mr Fuseli criticises the passage, and assumes that the painter had better reason than that given by Mr Falconet.

In some of the greatest artists, the inventive powers have been of late developement; as in Claude, and the sculptor Falconet.

A French artist, M. Falconet, was engaged to execute this important work.

How vivo affected aiming is easily seen: with its bore level, a 4-pounder falconet ranged 250 paces.

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