Thyrsi

thyrsus

[thur-suhs]
noun, plural thyrsi [thur-sahy] .
1.
Botany. a thyrse.
2.
Greek Antiquity. a staff tipped with a pine cone and sometimes twined with ivy and vine branches, borne by Dionysus and his votaries.

Origin:
1585–95; < Latin < Greek thýrsos Bacchic staff, stem of plant

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thyrsus (ˈθɜːsəs)
 
n , pl -si
1.  Greek myth a staff, usually one tipped with a pine cone, borne by Dionysus (Bacchus) and his followers
2.  a variant spelling of thyrse
 
[C18: from Latin, from Greek thursos stalk]

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thyrsus
1591, from Gk. thyrsos, lit. "stalk or stem of a plant," a non-Gk. word of unknown origin. The staff or spear tipped with an ornament like a pine cone, and sometimes wreathed in ivy or vine branches, borne by Dionysus and his votaries.
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