fantoccini

plural noun
fan·​toc·​ci·​ni | \ˌfän-tə-ˈchē-nē, ˌfan-\

Definition of fantoccini 

: a puppet show using puppets operated by strings or mechanical devices also : such puppets

First Known Use of fantoccini

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fantoccini

Italian, plural of fantoccino, diminutive of fantoccio doll, augmentative of fante child, from Latin infant-, infans infant

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