[ 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 word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at buck1, shot1
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/ (ˈbʌkˌʃɒt) /


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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