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

  • noun plural Puppets animated by moving wires or mechanical means.
  • noun plural A show using such puppets.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Puppets which are made to go through evolutions by means of concealed wires or strings.
  • Dramatic representations in which puppets are substituted for human performers.

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

  • noun plural Puppets caused to perform evolutions or dramatic scenes by means of machinery; also, the representations in which they are used.

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

  • noun Puppets caused to perform dramatic scenes by means of machinery.
  • noun The puppet shows in which they are used.

Etymologies

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

[Italian, pl. of fantoccino, diminutive of fantoccio, puppet, augmentative of fante, child, short for infante, from Latin īnfāns, īnfant-, infant; see infant.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Italian, diminutive from fante child.

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