potsherd

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Potsherds from Poshuouinge, a large ancestral Pueblo ruin on U.S. Route 84, south of Abiquiú, New Mexico, USA

From Middle English pot-sherd, pot-shō̆rd,[1] pot scherd, pot scarth, from Middle English pot, pote, potte (a container, pot, vessel; especially an earthenware vessel) (from late Old English pot, pott (a pot),[2] ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *budn- (a type of vessel)) + Middle English sherd (piece of fired clay or broken earthenware; potsherd) (from Old English sceard (a shard, sherd),[3] from Proto-Germanic *skardą (a nick, notch)); equivalent to pot +‎ sherd (shard).

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potsherd (plural potsherds)

  1. (often archaeology) A piece of ceramic from pottery, often found on an archaeological site.

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  1. ^ pot-shō̆rd, n.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ pot(e, n.(1)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ sherd, n.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 7 November 2017.

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