from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of small ordnance formerly in use.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small piece of ordnance formerly in use, weighing about 300 pounds, and carrying a ball about 1½ inches in diameter.
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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.