thyrsus

[ thur-suh s ]
/ ˈθɜr səs /

noun, plural thyr·si [thur-sahy] /ˈθɜr saɪ/.

Botany. a thyrse.
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

1585–95; < Latin < Greek thýrsos Bacchic staff, stem of plant
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thyrsus
/ (ˈθɜːsəs) /

noun plural -si (-saɪ)

Greek myth a staff, usually one tipped with a pine cone, borne by Dionysus (Bacchus) and his followers
a variant spelling of thyrse

Word Origin for thyrsus

C18: from Latin, from Greek thursos stalk
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