shard

If you break a mirror, the thin sharp pieces you want to avoid are shards. A shard is simply a broken piece of metal, glass, stone, or pottery with sharp edges.

Don't confuse shard with shred, meaning to cut into strips, or chard, a leafy green vegetable. You could use a shard of metal to shred chard into salad, but be careful that you don't cut your hands to shreds!

Definitions of shard
1

n a broken piece of a brittle artifact

Synonyms:
fragment, sherd
Types:
potsherd
a shard of pottery
Type of:
piece
a separate part of a whole

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