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[puh-loh-tuh s; Portuguese pi-law-tahs]
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  1. a city in S Brazil.


[puh-loh-tuh; Spanish pe-law-tah]
noun, plural pe·lo·tas [puh-loh-tuh z; Spanish pe-law-tahs] /pəˈloʊ təz; Spanish pɛˈlɔ tɑs/.
  1. a Basque and Spanish game from which jai alai was developed.
  2. the game of jai alai.
  3. the ball used in pelota and jai alai.

Origin of pelota

1890–95; < Spanish: ball < Middle French pelote; see pellet
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Historical Examples

  • At Pelotas, a sea-level port on Laga dos Patos, the mean annual temperature is about 63 and the annual rainfall about 42 in.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4


British Dictionary definitions for pelotas


  1. a port in S Brazil, in Rio Grande do Sul on the Canal de São Gonçalo. Pop: 323 000 (2005 est)


  1. any of various games played in Spain, Spanish America, SW France, etc, by two players who use a basket strapped to their wrists or a wooden racket to propel a ball against a specially marked wall

Word Origin

C19: from Spanish: ball, from Old French pelote; see pellet
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