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1. Puppets animated by moving wires or mechanical means.
2. A show using such puppets.
[Italian, pl. of fantoccino, diminutive of fantoccio, puppet, augmentative of fante, child, short for infante, from Latin īnfāns, īnfant-, infant; see infant.]
1. (Theatre) marionettes
2. (Theatre) puppet shows in which they are used
[C18: from Italian: little puppets, plural of fantoccino, from fantoccio puppet, from fante boy, from Latin infāns infant]