pellet

[pel-it]
noun
1.
a small, rounded or spherical body, as of food or medicine.
2.
a small wad or ball of wax, paper, etc., for throwing, shooting, or the like.
3.
one of a charge of small shot, as for a shotgun.
4.
a bullet.
5.
a ball, usually of stone, formerly used as a missile.
6.
Also called cast. Ornithology. a small, roundish mass of matter regurgitated by certain predatory birds, consisting of the indigestible remains, as the fur, feathers, and bones, of the prey.
7.
(in Romanesque architecture) a hemispherical or disklike carved ornament.
8.
Heraldry. ogress2.
verb (used with object)
9.
to form into pellets; pelletize.
10.
to hit with pellets.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English pelet < Middle French pelote < Vulgar Latin *pilotta, diminutive of Latin pila ball. See pill1, -et

pelletlike, adjective
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pellet (ˈpɛlɪt)
 
n
1.  a small round ball, esp of compressed matter: a wax pellet
2.  a.  an imitation bullet used in toy guns
 b.  a piece of small shot
3.  a stone ball formerly used as a catapult or cannon missile
4.  ornithol cast, Also called: casting a mass of undigested food, including bones, fur, feathers, etc, that is regurgitated by certain birds, esp birds of prey
5.  a small pill
6.  a raised area on coins and carved or moulded ornaments
 
vb
7.  to strike with pellets
8.  to make or form into pellets
 
[C14: from Old French pelote, from Vulgar Latin pilota (unattested), from Latin pila ball]

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pellet
mid-14c., from O.Fr. pelote "small ball" (11c.), from V.L. *pilotta, dim. of L. pila "ball," perhaps originally "ball of hair," from pilus "hair."
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pellet pel·let (pěl'ĭt)
n.

  1. A small pill; a pilule.

  2. 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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Example sentences
If a plastic is made from one type of polymer, it can be usually be washed and
  shredded into pellets that can be reused.
Given less work, less pensions and less pay, many families are switching from
  heating oil to wood pellets.
But this would not protect it against a sufficiently large detonation nearby,
  or a cloud of pellets shot into its path.
If the riming is substantial, the crystal may become graupel, or snow pellets.
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