Definition of falconet in English:

falconet

Syllabification: fal·co·net
Pronunciation: /ˌfalkəˈnət, ˌfôl-
 
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noun

  • 1 historical A light cannon.
    [ mid 16th century: from Italian falconetto, diminutive of falcone 'falcon', from Latin falco (see falcon)]
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    • The falconets and rockets have the same damage against infrantry...Why use factories to produce rockets if the falconets do the same damage?
    • When your army is in battle and that army includes falconets, be sure to have your falconets firing on the enemy infantry at all times.
  • 2A very small South Asian (or South American) falcon, typically having bold black-and-white plumage.
    [ mid 19th century: from falcon + -et1]
    • Genus Microhierax (and Spiziapteryx), family Falconidae: six species
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    • Falconidae contains 11 genera and 64 species, and is divided into two subfamilies, Polyborinae (caracaras and forest-falcons) and Falconinae (true falcons and falconets).
    • The only confirmed predators of treeswifts are Asian falconets, although there are almost certainly additional predators (snakes, for example, are likely predators).
    • Until you spot a long-limbed, regal caracara or a cute, little falconet, you haven't met the whole Falconidae family.

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