from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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


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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