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[fawl-kuh-net, fal-, faw-kuh-]
  1. any of several small Asian falcons, especially of the genus Microhierax.
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Origin of falconet

First recorded in 1850–55; falcon + -et
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Historical Examples of falconet

  • He was always a good shot with a falconet or a mortar-piece.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

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

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

  • To each of the brigantines was allotted a falconet, and three hundred of the troops were detailed to man the fleet.

  • Falconet, the sculptor, wrote a volume to prove that Pliny was in error concerning atmospheric stones.

British Dictionary definitions for falconet


  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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