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[buhk-shot] /ˈbʌkˌʃɒt/
a large size of lead shot used in shotgun shells for hunting game, as pheasants or ducks.
Origin of buckshot
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at buck1, shot1 Unabridged
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  • When the scoundrel breaks cover he may go fast, but the rifle-bullet or buckshot goes the faster, and it would not do to miss.

    Two Years in Oregon Wallis Nash
  • See, here's where a buckshot from your gun struck him in the side.

  • I therefore armed myself with a gun charged with buckshot, and went to meet the animals by moonlight.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • And Bob held out to him a handful of buckshot and rifle-bullets.

  • Vanderhorst now asked Witherspoon, "at what distance he would prefer, as the most sure to strike with buckshot?"

    The Life of Francis Marion William Gilmore Simms
  • If there are any shotguns in the place bring two back with plenty of buckshot shells.

    The End of Time Wallace West
  • "Tawabinisy" (they always gave him his full title; we called him Tawb) "tell me lake you find he no Kawgama," translated buckshot.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • One barrel was loaded with a heavy charge of buckshot, and the other with a slug.

    The Boy Settlers Noah Brooks
  • Hastily reloading my gun with shells loaded with buckshot, I circled around the bushes to get a shot at the fellow.

  • I was armed with my double-barrelled shotgun loaded with buckshot.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
British Dictionary definitions for buckshot


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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for buckshot

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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