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ostracon

or os·tra·kon

[ os-truh-kon ]
/ ˈɒs trəˌkɒn /
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noun, plural os·tra·ca [os-truh-kuh]. /ˈɒs trə kə/.

(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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British Dictionary definitions for ostracon

ostracon
/ (ˈɒstrəˌkɒn) /

noun

(in ancient Greece) a potsherd used for ostracizing

Word Origin for ostracon

from Greek
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