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ὄστρα^κον , τό,
A.earthen vessel, Ar.Ra.1190, Ec.1033, Lys.3.28, 4.6; flower-pot, Thphr.HP6.7.3.
2. fragment of such a vessel, potsherd, IG42(1).121.82 (Epid., iv B. C., pl.), LXX Ps.21.16, al., Ostr.1152, etc.; “ἰπνοῦ ὄστρακαHp.Morb.2.47; esp. the potsherd used in voting (v. ὀστρακίζω): hence τοὔστρακον παροίχεται the danger of ostracism is past, Cratin.71; τὰ ὄστρακα, = ὀστρακισμός, Pl.Com.187; τὸ . ἐπιφέρειν τινί to vote for any one's banishment, Plu.Alc.13, cf. Per. 14.
4. earthenware castanet, τοῖς . κροτοῦσα [Μοῦσα], of the poetry of Euripides, Ar.Ra.1305.
II. the hard shell of snails, mussels, cuttle-fishes, tortoises, etc., h.Merc.33, S.Ichn.303 (dub.l.), Hp.Steril.245, Theoc.9.25, Arist.HA528a4, etc.: hence, tortoise-shell or mother-of-pearl, κλιντῆρες ὀστράκοις . . ἐνδεδεμένοι prob. l. in Ph. 1.666; the shell at the base of the constellation Lyra, Ptol.Alm. 7.5.
2. egg-shell, “ἀπτῆνα . . , ἄρτι γυμνὸν ὀστράκωνA.Fr.337, cf. Arist.GA754a2.
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    • Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae, 1033
    • Aristophanes, Frogs, 1190
    • Aristophanes, Frogs, 1305
    • Homeric Hymns, Hymn 4 to Hermes, 33
    • Lysias, Against Simon, 28
    • Lysias, On a Wound by Premeditation, 6
    • Plato, Republic, 521c
    • Plato, Phaedrus, 241b
    • Old Testament, Psalm, 21.16
    • Plutarch, Alcibiades, 13
    • Plutarch, Pericles, 14
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