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  1. a broken pottery fragment, especially one of archaeological value.
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Origin of potsherd

1275–1325; Middle English; equivalent to pot pot1 + sherd, variant of shard
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Historical Examples

  • Perhaps you are ignorant how you are to lay the potsherd on the clay at top?

    The Economist


  • My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws.

  • One leg was too short, and had to be propped up with a potsherd.

  • The Potsherd graves are so called from the use of potsherds to cover the corpse.

    Mesopotamian Archaeology

    Percy S. P. Handcock

  • "When it is an Egyptian potsherd," stealthily whispered Sillibilli.

British Dictionary definitions for potsherd


potshard (ˈpɒtˌʃɑːd)

  1. a broken fragment of pottery
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Word Origin

C14: from pot 1 + schoord piece of broken crockery; see shard
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Word Origin and History for potsherd


early 14c., from pot (n.1) + Middle English schoord, from Old English sceard (see shard).

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