- (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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Historical Examples of ostraca
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.
- (in ancient Greece) a potsherd used for ostracizing
Word Origin for ostracon
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