Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small or young falcon.
  • n. Any of several small falcons, especially any of several species of the genus Microhierax native to tropical Asia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small or young falcon
  • n. Any of various small, tropical Asian falcons of the genus Microhierax found in Southeast Asia.
  • n. A light cannon developed in the late 15th century and decorated with an image of a falcon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the smaller cannon used in the 15th century and later.
  • n.
  • n. One of several very small Asiatic falcons of the genus Microhierax.
  • n. One of a group of Australian birds of the genus Falcunculus, resembling shrikes and titmice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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. A shrike of the genus Falcunculus. Also falconelle.
  • n. A kind of cannon in use in the sixteenth century.

Etymologies

falcon +‎ -et (Wiktionary)

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  • "A short cannon, about six feet long: this sort of ordnance was formerly used at sea."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine, 1816
    See also falcon.

    October 10, 2008