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pelota

[puh-loh-tuh; Spanish pe-law-tah] /pəˈloʊ tə; Spanish pɛˈlɔ tɑ/
noun, plural pelotas
[puh-loh-tuh z; Spanish pe-law-tahs] /pəˈloʊ təz; Spanish pɛˈlɔ tɑs/ (Show IPA)
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
1890-1895
1890-95; < Spanish: ball < Middle French pelote; see pellet
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British Dictionary definitions for pelota

pelota

/pəˈlɒtə/
noun
1.
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
C19: from Spanish: ball, from Old French pelote; see pellet
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