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buck·​shot ˈbək-ˌshät How to pronounce buckshot (audio)
: lead shot that is from .24 to .33 inch (about 6.1 to 8.4 millimeters) in diameter


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Examples of buckshot in a Sentence

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That's back when famed plant explorers made of pig iron and buckshot were scouring the globe for new plants to diversify our gardens. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 5 Apr. 2024 Finding slugs and buckshot for the 10 gauge is more difficult. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 28 Mar. 2024 Lead turkey loads, buckshot, and deer slugs are offered in 10 gauge options. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 28 Mar. 2024 Officers have also hazed mountain lions with rubber bullets, buckshot, aerial crackers and pepper balls. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 In 1969, thousands of protesters marched to the site after UC officials fenced the public out before starting construction, and a bloody battle ensued when law enforcement pushed them back with tear gas and buckshot, sparking a state of emergency and one death. Austin Turner, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 Advertisement Searles set out to reteach the bears some boundaries using a combination of non-lethal methods — sometimes a gentle word, sometimes a sting to the hindquarters with rubber buckshot — that have netted ursine attention and respect. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 You’ll be insulated from the electrical shock, and also be able to retaliate The American Way, with buckshot. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2023 The size of the shot varies, with smaller birdshot less likely to kill or incapacitate a human, while larger buckshot is more useful for home defense. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 24 Dec. 2020
The Cape Cod Times reports that the 39-year-old runner sustained buckshot wounds on his neck and shoulder. The Editors, Outside Online, 9 Dec. 2014 Some of the buckshot pellets passed through Arbery’s body, the autopsy showed. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 17 Feb. 2022 The buckshot pellets from the blast pierced my right shoulder and chest; blood gushed from the wound. Dennis S. Charney, STAT, 18 June 2021 The buckshot blast hits Maud in the chest, puncturing his right lung, ribs, and sternum. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 2 May 2012 Seven of the buckshot pellets dug a series of craters above his navel. Les Payne, The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2020 Winchester’s Inflex technology recoil pad directs recoil downward, taking some of the sting out of heavy buckshot or goose loads. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 24 Apr. 2020 Each pellet is split halfway, looking more like a splitshot sinker than a buckshot pellet. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 7 Feb. 2020 Shotguns can work great for bear, but load them with slugs, not buckshot. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, 17 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use


1775, in the meaning defined above


1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of buckshot was in 1775

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“Buckshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckshot. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural buckshot or buckshots
: a large shotgun pellet

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