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pellet

noun pel·let \ ˈpe-lət \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

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 (such as an air rifle)

pelletal

play \ˈpe-lə-tᵊl\ adjective

Examples of pellet in a Sentence

  1. the tightly packed pellets of a shotgun cartridge

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Origin and Etymology of pellet

Middle English pelote, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pilota, diminutive of Latin pila ball

pellet Synonyms


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pellet

verb

Definition of pellet

transitive verb
1 : pelletize
2 : to strike with pellets

First Known Use of pellet

1607


PELLET Defined for English Language Learners

pellet

noun

Definition of pellet for English Language Learners

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

  • : a small metal object that is shot from a gun


PELLET Defined for Kids

pellet

noun pel·let \ ˈpe-lət \

Definition of pellet for Students

1 : a little ball (as of food or medicine)
2 : a piece of small shot
3 : a wad of material (as bones and fur) that cannot be digested and has been thrown up by a bird of prey (as an owl)

Medical Dictionary

pellet

noun pel·let \ ˈpel-ət \

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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