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shard

[ shahrd ]
/ ʃɑrd /
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noun

a fragment, especially of broken earthenware.
Zoology.
  1. a scale.
  2. a shell, as of an egg or snail.
Entomology. an elytron of a beetle.

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Also sherd [shurd] /ʃɜrd/ .

Origin of shard

First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English sceard; cognate with Low German, Dutch schaard; akin to shear
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shard

sherd

/ (ʃɑːd) /

noun

a broken piece or fragment of a brittle substance, esp of pottery
zoology a tough sheath, scale, or shell, esp the elytra of a beetle

Word Origin for shard

Old English sceard; related to Old Norse skarth notch, Middle High German scharte notch
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