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ostracon

or os·tra·kon

[os-truh-kon]
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noun, plural os·tra·ca [os-truh-kuh] /ˈɒs trə kə/.
  1. (in ancient Greece) a potsherd, especially one used as a ballot on which the name of a person voted to be ostracized was inscribed.
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Origin of ostracon

1880–85; < Greek óstrakon; see ostracize
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Historical Examples

  • Here the papyri and ostraca have put a large material at our disposal, but the circumstances in Egypt3 4.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 2

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  • The ostraca, or rough notes of work accounts, and plans drawn on pieces of limestone or pottery.


British Dictionary definitions for ostraca

ostracon

noun
  1. (in ancient Greece) a potsherd used for ostracizing
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Word Origin

from Greek
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