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 (pŏt′shûrd′) also pot·shard (-shärd′)
A fragment of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological excavation.


(ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd) or


a broken fragment of pottery
[C14: from pot1 + schoord piece of broken crockery; see shard]



a broken pottery fragment, esp. one of archaeological value.
[1275–1325; Middle English, =pot pot1 + sherd shard]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potsherd - a shard of pottery
shard, sherd, fragment - a broken piece of a brittle artifact


[ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd] Ntiesto m, casco m


[ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd] n (Archeol) → frammento di vaso
References in classic literature ?
And potsherds are things with those Chinese laundry ticket scratches on them," added Tom.
IT was two o'clock when I returned to my lodgings; my dinner, just brought in from a neighbouring hotel, smoked on the table; I sat down thinking to eat--had the plate been heaped with potsherds and broken glass, instead of boiled beef and haricots, I could not have made a more signal failure: appetite had forsaken me.
The discovered pieces included plain and painted pottery of typical Hakra, Amrian and Mature Indus period, potsherd with Indus script symbol, perforated pottery, terracotta cakes, bangles, carts, balance shred, copper pieces, stone ball, lithic blades and shell pieces.
Flesh fade, and mortal trash Fall to the residuary worm; 'world's wildfire, leave but ash: In a flash, at a trumpet crash, I am all at once what Christ is, 'since he was what I am, and This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, 'patch, matchwood, immortal diamond.
Most intriguing from the dates we have so far is the oldest date of Narva-type pottery in Estonia (ca 5500 cal BC) obtained from carbonized organic remains on potsherd found from Kaapa dwelling site.
Although the topos of the body as a ship is as familiar as the caged bird of the spirit, one important example joins the figure of the self as buffeted ship to another figurative register in Hopkins's poem, the "poor potsherd," the "matchwood" at the close of "That Nature" (1.
The potsherd that Job scrapes his boils with shows that Job is made of mud, as Adam was, and, like a pottery fragment, broken.
Or, as Gerard Manley Hopkins might have put it: 'this jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood, immortal diamond, IS immortal diamond.
Can we move beyond simple taphonomic explanations to analyse--for example, in a Lapita context of first Oceanic settlement--the process of potsherd breakage that we discover in our excavations and give it other meanings?
Upon coming of age, Leo Vincey receives a chest containing a potsherd upon which is written the story of his ancestor Kallikrates, who was both loved and murdered by the immortal queen of the lost African city of Kor, "She-who-must-be-obeyed.
vs 6) and "He relied on Yahweh, let Yahweh save him (8) or "a heard of bulls surround me like lions, tearing and roaring (12); again "my palate is drier than a potsherd, my bones are all disjointed (14); still "they tie me hand and foot (16); and "they divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothes (18).