ostracon

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noun os·tra·con \ˈä-strə-ˌkän\

Definition of ostracon

plural

ostraca

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

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Origin and Etymology of ostracon

Greek ostrakon potsherd, shell — more at oyster


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