Archaeol. a potsherd used in ancient times for writing on, esp., one that preserves ancient writing and survives as an archaeological artifact: often used in pl.
Origin of ostraconfrom Classical Greek ostrakon, potsherd
An inscribed potsherd.
Origin of ostraconGreek ostrakon shell ; see ost- in Indo-European roots.
late 5th-century bc ostracon with the name of Themistocles Phrearrhios
Ancient Greek á½„ÏƒÏ„ÏÎ±ÎºÎ¿Î½ (ostrakon)