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1historical A light cannon.
- ‘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 falcon of Asia and South America, typically having bold black-and-white plumage.
- ‘The true falcons range in size from the tiny falconets and pygmy falcons to the Gyrfalcon. The falconets feed mainly on insects.’
- ‘The only confirmed predators of treeswifts are Asian falconets, although there are almost certainly additional predators (snakes, for example, are likely predators).’
- ‘Falconidae contains 11 genera and 64 species, and is divided into two subfamilies, Polyborinae (caracaras and forest-falcons) and Falconinae (true falcons and falconets).’
- ‘Until you spot a long-limbed, regal caracara or a cute, little falconet, you haven't met the whole Falconidae family.’
- ‘The small falconets hunt the forests of Southeast Asia, Borneo and the Philippines.’
Mid 16th century: from Italian falconetto, diminutive of falcone falcon, from Latin falco (see falcon). falconet is from falcon + -et.
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