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 for shard
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shard \Shard\ (sh[aum]rd), n.
     A plant; chard. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shard \Shard\ (sh[aum]rd), n. [AS. sceard, properly a p. p. from
     the root of scearn to shear, to cut; akin to D. schaard a
     fragment, G. scharte a notch, Icel. skar[eth]. See Shear,
     and cf. Sherd.] [Written also sheard, and sherd.]
     1. A piece or fragment of an earthen vessel, or a like
        brittle substance, as the shell of an egg or snail.
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              The precious dish
              Broke into shards of beauty on the board. --E.
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     2. (Zool.) The hard wing case of a beetle.
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              They are his shards, and he their beetle. --Shak.
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     3. A gap in a fence. [Obs.] --Stanyhurst.
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     4. A boundary; a division. [Obs. & R.] --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a broken piece of a brittle artifact [syn: shard,
           sherd, fragment]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  114 Moby Thesaurus words for "shard":
     abrade, atomize, beat, bit, bones, bray, break, brecciate, butt,
     chaff, chip, chunk, clip, clipping, collop, comminute,
     contriturate, crumb, crumble, crush, culm, cut, cutting, deadwood,
     dishwater, disintegrate, dollop, draff, dregs, dust, end,
     fall to pieces, filings, flour, fragment, garbage, gash, gob,
     gobbet, grain, granulate, granulize, grate, grind, grind to powder,
     hogwash, hunk, husks, leavings, lees, levigate, lump, mash, mill,
     modicum, moiety, morsel, offal, offscourings, orts, paring,
     parings, particle, pestle, piece, potsherds, pound, powder,
     pulverize, rags, rasher, raspings, reduce to powder, refuse, scoop,
     scourings, scrap, scrap iron, scraps, scrunch, scum, shards,
     shatter, shaving, shavings, shiver, shred, slack, slag, slice,
     sliver, slop, slops, smash, smithereen, snack, snatch, snip,
     snippet, splinter, squash, stitch, stubble, stump, sweepings,
     swill, tares, tatter, triturate, wastage, waste, waste matter,
     wastepaper, weeds

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