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Origin of buckshot

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at buck1, shot1
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  1. lead shot of large size used in shotgun shells, esp for hunting game

Word Origin for buckshot

C15 (original sense: the distance at which a buck can be shot)
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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.).

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