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1. Jai alai.
2. The ball used in jai alai.
[Spanish, from Old French pelote, pellet; see pellet.]
(Individual Sports, other than specified) 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]
n., pl. -tas.
1. a game from which jai alai was developed.
2. the game of jai alai.
3. the ball used in pelota and jai alai.
[1890–95; < Sp: ball < Middle French pelote; see pellet]