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thyrsus

[thur-suh s] /ˈθɜr səs/
noun, plural thyrsi
[thur-sahy] /ˈθɜr saɪ/ (Show IPA)
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 of thyrsus
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin < Greek thýrsos Bacchic staff, stem of plant
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thyrsus

/ˈθɜːsəs/
noun (pl) -si (-saɪ)
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
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from Greek thursos stalk
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Word Origin and History for thyrsus
n.

1590s, from Greek thyrsos, literally "stalk or stem of a plant," a non-Greek 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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