from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fragment of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological excavation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of ceramic from pottery, often found on an archaeological site.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece or fragment of a broken pot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece or fragment of an earthenware pot; any broken fragment or piece of earthenware.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a shard of pottery


From Middle English pot-sherd, which is a compound of the words pot and sherd (shard). (Wiktionary)



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  • It seems most pronounce this word with an 'a' sound for the 'e', though my latin prof used the 'e' sound.

    September 24, 2008