Simple Definition of pellet
: a small, hard ball of food, medicine, etc.
: a small metal object that is shot from a gun
Full Definition of pellet
1 a : a usually small rounded, spherical, or cylindrical body (as of food or medicine) b : a wad of indigestible material (as of bones and fur) regurgitated by a bird of prey
2 : any of various projectiles fired from a weapon (as an air rifle)
Examples of pellet
<the tightly packed pellets of a shotgun cartridge>
Origin of pellet
Middle English pelote, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pilota, diminutive of Latin pila ball
First Known Use: 14th century
First Known Use of pellet
Medical Definition of pellet
: a usually small rounded or spherical body; specifically : a small cylindrical or ovoid compressed mass (as of a hormone) that is implanted subcutaneously for slow absorption into bodily tissues
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