Ostracon definitions

ŏs'trə-kŏn'
An inscribed potsherd.
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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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Origin of ostracon

Greek ostrakon shell ost- in Indo-European roots