noun pel·let \ˈpe-lət\

: a small, hard ball of food, medicine, etc.

: a small metal object that is shot from a gun

Full Definition of PELLET

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
:  any of various projectiles fired from a weapon (as an air rifle)
pel·let·al \-lə-təl\ adjective

Examples of PELLET

  1. <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

Rhymes with PELLET



Definition of PELLET

transitive verb
:  pelletize
:  to strike with pellets

First Known Use of PELLET



noun pel·let \ˈpel-ət\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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