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Falconet

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Falconet (Zoöl) One of a group of Australian birds of the genus Falcunculus, resembling shrikes and titmice.
    • Falconet (Zoöl) One of several very small Asiatic falcons of the genus Microhierax.
    • Falconet One of the smaller cannon used in the 15th century and later.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n falconet A little falcon; specifically, in ornithology, a finch-falcon of the Oriental genus Ierax, Hierax, or Microhierax, which contains tiny falcons about six inches long, such as M. cœrulescens.
    • n falconet A shrike of the genus Falcunculus. Also falconelle.
    • n falconet A kind of cannon in use in the sixteenth century. It is stated to have had a bore of two inches and to have carried a shot of one and a half pounds weight. The standard fixed by Henry II. of France fixes the weight of the shot at 14 ounces poids du roi.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Falconet a small field-gun in use till the 16th century
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. of falcon,: cf. F. fauconneau, LL. falconeta, properly, a young falcon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. faucon—Low L. falcōn-em—L. falx, a hook or sickle.

Usage

In literature:

He was always a good shot with a falconet or a mortar-piece.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The name of the artist is Falconet: "he was a Frenchman; but," adds Sir R.K.P.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 487" by Various
De Candia was posted with two small falconets and three arquebusiers on the roof of the fortress.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Falconet had the proverbial temperament of artistic genius.
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley
He also had sixteen horses, ten large guns, and four lighter, which were called falconets.
"The True Story Book"
Falconet, the French artist, executed the work at the command of Catherine II.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
A little falconet was also placed in the upper chamber.
"Calavar" by Robert Montgomery Bird
From this falcon may noble falconets spring!
"With Fire and Sword" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Three large iron field pieces and fifteen brazen falconets formed the ordnance.
"Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican Vol. 1 of 2" by Brantz Mayer
Falconets, culverins, big-mouthed mortars, all that is for thee, Haarlem.
"The Legend of Ulenspiegel, Vol. II (of 2)" by Charles de Coster
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In science:

We are grateful to Jerry Makara for operations of E4R cryoplant, and Brad Claypool and Brian Falconet for help with the test system commissioning.
A Test of HTS Power Cable in a Sweeping Magnetic Field
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