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papyrus

[ puh-pahy-ruhs ]
/ p蓹藞pa瑟 r蓹s /
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noun, plural pa路py路ri [puh-pahy-rahy, -ree], /p蓹藞pa瑟 ra瑟, -ri/, pa路py路rus路es.
a tall, aquatic plant, Cyperus papyrus, of the sedge family, native to the Nile valley: the Egyptian subspecies, C. papyrus hadidii, thought to be common in ancient times, now occurs only in several sites.
a material on which to write, prepared from thin strips of the pith of this plant laid together, soaked, pressed, and dried, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.
an ancient document, manuscript, or scroll written on this material.
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Origin of papyrus

1350鈥1400; Middle English papirus<Latin papy虅rus<Greek p谩py虅ros

OTHER WORDS FROM papyrus

pa路py路ral, pa路pyr路i路an [puh-pir-ee-uhn], /p蓹藞p瑟r i 蓹n/, pa路py路rine [puh-pahy-rin], /p蓹藞pa瑟 r瑟n/, adjectivepap路y路ri路tious [pap-uh-rish-uhs], /藢p忙p 蓹藞r瑟蕛 蓹s/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for papyrus

papyrus
/ (p蓹藞pa瑟r蓹s) /

noun plural -ri (-ra瑟) or -ruses
a tall aquatic cyperaceous plant, Cyperus papyrus, of S Europe and N and central Africa with small green-stalked flowers arranged like umbrella spokes around the stem top
a kind of paper made from the stem pith of this plant, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans
an ancient document written on this paper

Word Origin for papyrus

C14: via Latin from Greek pap奴ros reed used in making paper
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