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1. A cluster of small iron balls or other small projectiles, often contained in a canvas bag, that scatter when fired from a cannon, formerly used as an antipersonnel round.
2. Such balls or projectiles considered as a group.

[From its resemblance to a cluster of grapes.]
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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) ammunition for cannons consisting of a canvas tube containing a cluster of small iron or lead balls that scatter after firing
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a cluster of small cast-iron balls formerly used as a charge for a cannon.
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Noun1.grapeshot - a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot
pellet, shot - a solid missile discharged from a firearm; "the shot buzzed past his ear"
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[ˈgreɪpʃɒt] Nmetralla f
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The LeMat "Grape Shot Revolver" stands out as the most remarkable handgun of the Civil War.
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