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  1. a large size of lead shot used in shotgun shells for hunting game, as pheasants or ducks.
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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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Related Words for buckshot

ball, lead, bullet, throw, armament, bomb, cartridge, rocket, materiel, missile, chemical, explosive, shrapnel, torpedo, gunpowder, ammo, napalm, lob, projectile

Examples from the Web for buckshot

Historical Examples of buckshot

  • See, here's where a buckshot from your gun struck him in the side.

    With Trapper Jim in the North Woods

    Lawrence J. Leslie

  • And Bob held out to him a handful of buckshot and rifle-bullets.

  • If there are any shotguns in the place bring two back with plenty of buckshot shells.

    The End of Time

    Wallace West

  • One barrel was loaded with a heavy charge of buckshot, and the other with a slug.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

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

British Dictionary definitions for buckshot


  1. lead shot of large size used in shotgun shells, esp for hunting game
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Word Origin for buckshot

C15 (original sense: the distance at which a buck can be shot)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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