[ 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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Example sentences from the Web for ostracon
Here the papyri and ostraca have put a large material at our disposal, but the circumstances in Egypt3 4.
The ostraca, or rough notes of work accounts, and plans drawn on pieces of limestone or pottery.
British Dictionary definitions for ostracon
/ (ˈɒstrəˌkɒn) /
(in ancient Greece) a potsherd used for ostracizing
Word Origin for ostracon
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