a broken pottery fragment, especially one of archaeological value.

Origin of potsherd

1275–1325; Middle English; equivalent to pot pot1 + sherd, variant of shard
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potshard (ˈpɒtˌʃɑːd)


a broken fragment of pottery

Word Origin for potsherd

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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