- (in ancient Greece) a potsherd, especially one used as a ballot on which the name of a person voted to be ostracized was inscribed.
Origin of ostracon
1880–85; < Greek óstrakon; see ostracize
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Examples from the Web for ostrakon
Then each voter received a shell (Greek, ostrakon), and dropped it into a place made for that purpose.The Story of the Greeks
H. A. Guerber
From ostrakon, a tile; the voter wrote the name on a tile or shell.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
One of their most interesting games, and one which you would all enjoy, was the twirling of the ostrakon.
- (in ancient Greece) a potsherd used for ostracizing
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