grapeshot

[ greyp-shot ]
/ ˈgreɪpˌʃɒt /

noun

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

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Origin of grapeshot

First recorded in 1740–50; grape + shot1
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British Dictionary definitions for grapeshot

grapeshot
/ (ˈɡreɪpˌʃɒt) /

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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