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[buhk-shot] /ˈbʌkˌʃɒt/
a large size of lead shot used in shotgun shells for hunting game, as pheasants or ducks.
Origin of buckshot
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see buck1, shot1 Unabridged
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  • Shotguns with rifled slugs are not lawful, as state law restricts slugs and buckshot to the deer season.
  • Only buckshot hunting is allowed on these installations.
  • The use of buckshot had been restricted to the dates of dog deer season.
  • The use of buckshot for hunting is specifically prohibited.
British Dictionary definitions for buckshot


lead shot of large size used in shotgun shells, esp for hunting game
Word Origin
C15 (original sense: the distance at which a buck can be shot)
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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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