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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Grapeshot \Grape"shot`\, n. (Mil.) A cluster, usually nine in number, of small iron balls, put together by means of cast-iron circular plates at top and bottom, with two rings, and a central connecting rod, in order to be used as a charge for a cannon. Formerly grapeshot were inclosed in canvas bags. [1913 Webster]