potsherd

[pot-shurd]
noun
a broken pottery fragment, especially one of archaeological value.

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

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potsherd or potshard (ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd, ˈpɒtˌʃɑːd)
 
n
a broken fragment of pottery
 
[C14: from pot1 + schoord piece of broken crockery; see shard]
 
potshard or potshard
 
n
 
[C14: from pot1 + schoord piece of broken crockery; see shard]

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potsherd
early 14c., from pot (1) + schoord, from O.E. sceard (see shard).
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Potsherd definition


a "shred", i.e., anything severed, as a fragment of earthenware (Job 2:8; Prov. 26:23; Isa. 45:9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Skilled craftsmanship and sophisticated traditions of pottery making and stonework can be seen in potsherd and arrowheads.
Each potsherd or flint flake tell a story to knowledgeable eyes.
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