grapeshot

[greyp-shot]
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noun

a cluster of small cast-iron balls formerly used as a charge for a cannon.

Nearby words

  1. grapefruit league,
  2. grapeline,
  3. grapery,
  4. grapes,
  5. grapes of wrath, the,
  6. grapestone,
  7. grapevine,
  8. grapey,
  9. graph,
  10. graph paper

Origin of grapeshot

First recorded in 1740–50; grape + shot1

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British Dictionary definitions for grapeshot

grapeshot

noun

ammunition for cannons consisting of a canvas tube containing a cluster of small iron or lead balls that scatter after firing
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Word Origin and History for grapeshot
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