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shard

[shahrd] /ʃɑrd/
noun
1.
a fragment, especially of broken earthenware.
2.
Zoology.
  1. a scale.
  2. a shell, as of an egg or snail.
3.
Entomology. an elytron of a beetle.
Also, sherd.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English sceard; cognate with Low German, Dutch schaard; akin to shear
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British Dictionary definitions for shard

shard

/ʃɑːd/
noun
1.
a broken piece or fragment of a brittle substance, esp of pottery
2.
(zoology) a tough sheath, scale, or shell, esp the elytra of a beetle
Word Origin
Old English sceard; related to Old Norse skarth notch, Middle High German scharte notch
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Word Origin and History for shard
n.

also sherd, Old English sceard "incision, cleft, gap; potshard, a fragment, broken piece," from Proto-Germanic *skardas (cf. Middle Dutch schaerde "a fragment, a crack," Dutch schaard "a flaw, a fragment," German Scharte "a notch," Danish skaar "chink, potsherd"), a past participle from the root of Old English sceran "to cut" (see shear). Meaning "fragment of broken earthenware" developed in late Old English. Used late 14c. as "scale of a dragon." French écharde "prickle, splinter" is a Germanic loan-word.

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