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buckshot

[buhk-shot] /ˈbʌkˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
a large size of lead shot used in shotgun shells for hunting game, as pheasants or ducks.
Origin of buckshot
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at buck1, shot1
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buckshot

/ˈbʌkˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
lead shot of large size used in shotgun shells, esp for hunting game
Word Origin
C15 (original sense: the distance at which a buck can be shot)
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n.

coarse kind of shot used for deer and other large game, 1776, from buck (n.1) + shot (n.).

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