- puppets or marionettes manipulated by strings, wires, or mechanical devices.
- a puppet show using these puppets.
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Examples from the Web for fantoccini
But to do Mr. Davis justice, he did not make his fantoccini suffer if he pulled the wires the wrong way.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
Then the Black Doctor, as blowed the bellows to the late ministerial organ, starts a fantoccini and collars our dialect.
See here—a month ago, on the other side of the mountains, I met a fantoccini player.Folle-Farine
This was an exhibition called the Fantoccini, and far superior to any of the street performances which I have yet seen.
Many who would turn away in disgust from Mr. Punch, will stand for hours and look at the performances of the Fantoccini.
- puppet shows in which they are used
C18: from Italian: little puppets, plural of fantoccino, from fantoccio puppet, from fante boy, from Latin infāns infant
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