from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A clay disk thrown as a flying target for skeet and trapshooting.

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  • noun A flying target, usually a disc, made of a mixture of pitch and pulverized limestone rock, used as moving target in sport shooting.

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  • noun target used in skeet or trapshooting


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The term is a remnant of the history of trap shooting. Originally, live pigeons were used as targets, but they were gradually replaced with clay disks and ultimately banned. Later clay has been replaced with more suitable raw materials.


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