[ pel-it ]
/ ˈpɛl ɪt /


verb (used with object)

to form into pellets; pelletize.
to hit with pellets.


Origin of pellet

1325–75; Middle English pelet < Middle French pelote < Vulgar Latin *pilotta, diminutive of Latin pila ball. See pill1, -et
Related formspel·let·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pellet


/ (ˈpɛlɪt) /


verb (tr)

to strike with pellets
to make or form into pellets

Word Origin for pellet

C14: from Old French pelote, from Vulgar Latin pilota (unattested), from Latin pila ball
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Medicine definitions for pellet


[ pĕlĭt ]


A small pill; a pilule.
A small rod-shaped or ovoid mass, as of compressed steroid hormones, intended for subcutaneous implantation in body tissues to provide timed release over an extended period of time.

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