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Topic: WEAPONS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: boulette 'small ball' and boulet 'bullet', from boule 'ball'

bullet

noun
     
bullet
bul‧let [countable]
PMW a small piece of metal that you fire from a gun [↪ shell, shot]:
He was killed by a single bullet.
a bullet wound in the shoulder
Several bullet holes could be seen beside a window.
plastic bullet

; ➔ bite the bullet

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