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.

Nearby words

  1. ostracise,
  2. ostracism,
  3. ostracize,
  4. ostracod,
  5. ostracoderm,
  6. ostrakon,
  7. ostranenie,
  8. ostrava,
  9. ostrich,
  10. ostrich fern

Origin of ostracon

1880–85; < Greek óstrakon; see ostracize

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British Dictionary definitions for ostraca

ostracon

/ (ˈɒstrəˌkɒn) /

noun

(in ancient Greece) a potsherd used for ostracizing

Word Origin for ostracon

from Greek

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