pelota

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pelota a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racket
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pelota A Basque, Spanish, and Spanish-American game played in a court, in which a ball is struck with a wickerwork racket.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pelota A Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a curved device attached to the player's arm by which the ball can be hurled with great force and accuracy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp., lit., ball

Usage

In literature:

His replies came back sharp and swift as a pelota from a cesta.
"Zone Policeman 88" by Harry A. Franck
Ramuntcho goes to the cider mill which the smugglers and pelota players frequent.
"Ramuntcho" by Pierre Loti
It's an occasion as uniquely Ashleyian as pelota is Basque.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Pelota is a hard, fast game, and sometimes serious injuries result from playing it.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
There is a capital golf-course, a great bull-ring, and a pelota court.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
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In news:

A pelota's throw from Calle Ocho stands a building as out of place as a treasure chest on the arctic tundra.
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