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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.]


pl n
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]
References in classic literature ?
By day, are there no Punches, Fantoccini, Dancing-dogs, Jugglers, Conjurers, Orchestrinas, or even Barrel-organs?
Santa Claus Conquers the Fantoccini, company; dir: Robert Smythe.