Definition of pellet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpelɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpelɪt//
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  1. 1a small hard ball of any substance, often of soft material that has become hard food pellets for chickens owl pellets (= the dried waste material from owls) slug pellets (= to kill slugs)
  2. 2a very small metal ball that is fired from a gun The cat had been hit by an airgun pellet.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French pelote ‘metal ball’, from a diminutive of Latin pila ‘ball’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pellet