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grapeshot

[greyp-shot] /ˈgreɪpˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
a cluster of small cast-iron balls formerly used as a charge for a cannon.
Origin of grapeshot
1740-1750
1740-50; grape + shot1
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British Dictionary definitions for grapeshot

grapeshot

/ˈɡreɪpˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
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
n.

also grape-shot, 1747, from grape + shot (n.). So called for its appearance. The whiff of grapeshot popularized in English from 1837, from Carlyle's history of the French Revolution (in which it was a chapter title).

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