noun, plural pa·py·ri [puh-pahy-rahy, -ree] /pəˈpaɪ raɪ, -ri/, pa·py·rus·es.
Origin of papyrus
Related Words for papyrussheet, poster, note, pad, stationery, card, streamer, rag, parchment, vellum, tissue, newsprint, letterhead, diploma, paper, scroll, palimpsest, sheepskin, schedule, list
Examples from the Web for papyrus
Contemporary Examples of papyrus
This past week a new eBay auction announced the sale of “Ancient Egyptian papyrus with Greek letters—Bible.”Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
Unfortunately, the papyrus was too fragile to allow for carbon testing of the ink.
Francis Watson argued that all of the fragmentary sentences preserved on the papyrus are also found in the Gospel of Thomas.
To make matters more complicated, a third-century fragment of papyrus found in ancient Egypt gives the number 616 instead of 666.Run with the Devil Unlike the Girl in Kentucky
November 10, 2013
Historical Examples of papyrus
We have mummy wheat,—cloth of papyrus, which is a kind of straw.Proserpina, Volume 1
Wreaths of papyrus crowned these dishes with their green foliage.The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5
Papyrus, like the art of writing upon it, came originally from Egypt.Romulus, Makers of History
It was impossible to get it away without tearing the outer sheets of papyrus.Cleopatra
H. Rider Haggard
The pond is edged by papyrus plants, which are alternately in blossom and in bud.History of Phoenicia
noun plural -ri (-raɪ) or -ruses
Word Origin for papyrus
late 14c., from Latin papyrus "the paper plant, paper made from it," from Greek papyros "any plant of the paper plant genus," said to be of Egyptian origin. Proper plural is papyri.