os·​tra·​con | \ ˈä-strə-ˌkän How to pronounce ostracon (audio) \
plural ostraca\ ˈä-​strə-​kə How to pronounce ostraca (audio) \

Definition of ostracon

: a fragment (as of pottery) containing an inscription usually used in plural

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That’s because for nearly 50 years archaeologists thought the back of the ostracon was blank, when really the ink was invisible. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "Revealed in Israel, a 2,600-Year-Old Request for Wine," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of ostracon

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ostracon

Greek ostrakon potsherd, shell — more at oyster

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