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


or os·tra·kon


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.

Origin of ostracon

1880–85; < Greek óstrakon; see ostracize
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(in ancient Greece) a potsherd used for ostracizing

Word Origin for ostracon

from Greek
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