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. noun
    a broken piece of a brittle artifact
    synonyms: fragment, sherd
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    types:
    potsherd
    a shard of pottery
    type of:
    piece
    a separate part of a whole
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