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


a broken fragment of pottery
[C14: from pot1 + schoord piece of broken crockery; see shard]
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a broken pottery fragment, esp. one of archaeological value.
[1275–1325; Middle English, =pot pot1 + sherd shard]
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Noun1.potsherd - a shard of pottery
shard, sherd, fragment - a broken piece of a brittle artifact
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[ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd] Ntiesto m, casco m
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[ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd] n (Archeol) → frammento di vaso
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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.
till death do them part, the scratcher and the good potsherd.
Two fragments, however, deserve more attention, because they are more clearly attributable to the Bronze Age than any other potsherd in the excavated area.
In addition, seals of Dilmun type, a seal-impressed potsherd and seven seal-impressed tokens came to light.
The possibility that this place was inhabited is indicated by a potsherd with striated surface, similar to the ones found in the grave; that potsherd was found during the excavations of the pit-grave cemetery of the later period.
Starch residue, pollen and phytolith analysis was carried out on 14 coralline soil and potsherd samples from a c.
Tvauri found at least one potsherd, which can be considered production waste (To 1138: 25), from the fill layer consisting mostly of debris.
As he ponders this beautifully minimalistic code of ethics, he draws connections from the potsherd to humanism and pluralism, to the right, "even the blessing," to be different or independent, to disagree, disobey or rebel.
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.