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. 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.
A small piece, such as in that day was employed for the defence of castles, called a falconet, was elevated above the canoes, so that the shot, passing over the heads of their inmates, might take effect upon the woods along the shore.
The apparition of Catherine Seyton, which the page had let loose in the first moment of astonishment, vanished in darkness; but the plash of oars was heard, and, in a second or two, five or six harquebuses and a falconet were fired from the battlements of the castle successively, as if levelled at some object on the water.
Practised archer! — marry, holy sir, I would he would practise something else — cross-bow and long-bow, hand-gun and hack-but, falconet and saker, he can shoot with them all.
How _vivo_ affected aiming is easily seen: with its bore level, a 4-pounder falconet ranged 250 paces.
As the fierce falcon hawk gave its name to the falcon and falconet, so the saker was named for the saker hawk; rabinet, meaning "rooster," was therefore a suitable name for the falcon's small-bore cousin.
I chose a swivel and a falconet, which were both a little damaged in the muzzle, and filled them with the projectiles I have mentioned.
For its later application to a firearm cf. falconet.
He was hard at work as we approached in trying the lock of a falconet; but perceiving us, he came forward and saluted us with much kindliness.
He was always a good shot with a falconet or a mortar-piece.
The only other family of birds running to such extremes is that of the birds of prey, which include at once the stately condor of the Andes with its wing-spread of fifteen feet, and the miniature red-legged falconet of India and adjoining countries, in which the same measurement would scarcely reach as many inches.