shard

shard (n.) O.E. sceard "fragment, gap," from P.Gmc. *skardas, a pp. from the root of O.E. sceran "to cut" (see SHEAR (Cf. shear)). Cf. Du. schaard "a flaw, a fragment," Ger. Scharte "a notch," Dan. skaar "chink, potsherd." Meaning "fragment of broken earthenware" developed in late Old English. French écharde "prickle, splinter" is a Germanic loan-word.

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