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pellet

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noun pel·let \ˈpe-lət\

Definition of pellet

  1. 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. 2 :  any of various projectiles fired from a weapon (as an air rifle)

pelletal

play \-lə-təl\ adjective

Examples of pellet in a sentence

  1. <the tightly packed pellets of a shotgun cartridge>

Origin and Etymology of pellet

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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pellet

verb pel·let

Definition of pellet

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  pelletize

  3. 2 :  to strike with pellets

1607

First Known Use of pellet

1607


PELLET Defined for English Language Learners

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pellet

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noun pel·let \ˈpe-lət\

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

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noun pel·let \ˈpe-lət\

Definition of pellet for Students

  1. 1 :  a little ball (as of food or medicine)

  2. 2 :  a piece of small shot

  3. 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

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noun pel·let \ˈpel-ət\

Medical Definition of pellet

  1. :  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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