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)

  1. to form into pellets; pelletize.
  2. to hit with pellets.


  1. a small round ball, esp of compressed mattera wax pellet
    1. an imitation bullet used in toy guns
    2. a piece of small shot
  2. a stone ball formerly used as a catapult or cannon missile
  3. Also called: cast, casting ornithol a mass of undigested food, including bones, fur, feathers, etc, that is regurgitated by certain birds, esp birds of prey
  4. a small pill
  5. a raised area on coins and carved or moulded ornaments

verb (tr)

  1. to strike with pellets
  2. to make or form into pellets

n.mid-14c., from Old French pelote “small ball” (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *pilotta, diminutive of Latin pila “ball, playing ball, the game of ball,” perhaps originally “ball of hair,” from pilus “hair” (see pile (n.3)). v.“to form into pellets,” 1590s, from pellet (n.). 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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