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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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.
Rawal village was an ancient settlement as can be seen from the painted and also un-decorated potsherds lying at many places.
2** to 20** are names and quantities written in ink or scratched on potsherds and complete vessels.
But the archaeological finds from the site, especially the potsherds, show that the hill lay abandoned at the time of David, and most of the activity there took place in the first half of the eighth century BCE, the period of the reign of King Jeroboam of the northern kingdom of Israel.
Certain facts cut triumphant as the bed of potsherds and shattered glass upon which Santa Rosa found God.
The spice was found as residue on ceramic potsherds and is estimated to be 3,500 years old -- about 2,000 years older than the previously known use of the spice.
The work proved successful and the team got a chance to analyze several potsherds or left-over remnants of ancient pots, dishes, or other ceramic objects.
Though there are still hundreds of leftover potsherds, there are also cutting tools used by men centuries ago, who resided at the cave.
Clark, "Identification of black pigments on prehistoric Southwest American potsherds by infrared and Raman microscopy," Journal of Archaeological Science, vol.
A total of 20,622 potsherds were recovered from this excavation unit.
To date, the disturbed plough zone, including material recovered via metal delecting, has produced 17 metal points, 1 stone projectile point, 3 potsherds, 1 stone end scraper, 17 stone flakes, 6 pieces of stone shatter, and large amounts of highly fractured and often burned bison bone.