pelota

pelota

[puh-loh-tuh; Spanish pe-law-tah]
noun, plural pelotas [puh-loh-tuhz; Spanish pe-law-tahs] .
1.
a Basque and Spanish game from which jai alai was developed.
2.
the game of jai alai.
3.
the ball used in pelota and jai alai.

Origin:
1890–95; < Spanish: ball < Middle French pelote; see pellet

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pelota (pəˈlɒtə)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from Spanish: ball, from Old French pelote; see pellet]

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