[puh-loh-tuh s; Portuguese pi-law-tahs]
- a city in S Brazil.
[puh-loh-tuh; Spanish pe-law-tah]
- a Basque and Spanish game from which jai alai was developed.
- the game of jai alai.
- the ball used in pelota and jai alai.
Origin of pelota
1890–95; < Spanish: ball < Middle French pelote; see pellet
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At Pelotas, a sea-level port on Laga dos Patos, the mean annual temperature is about 63 and the annual rainfall about 42 in.
- a port in S Brazil, in Rio Grande do Sul on the Canal de São Gonçalo. Pop: 323 000 (2005 est)
- any of various games played in Spain, Spanish America, SW France, etc, by two players who use a basket strapped to their wrists or a wooden racket to propel a ball against a specially marked wall
Word Origin for pelota
C19: from Spanish: ball, from Old French pelote; see pellet
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