Ostracon definition

ŏstrə-kŏn
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An inscribed potsherd.
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(archaeol.) A potsherd used in ancient times for writing on, esp., one that preserves ancient writing and survives as an archaeological artifact.
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A piece of pottery or stone, usually broken off from a vase or other earthenware vessel.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of ostracon - ostrakon

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ostracon
Plural:
ostraca

Origin of ostracon

  • Greek ostrakon shell ost- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ancient Greek ὄστρακον (ostrakon)

    From Wiktionary