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.
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How to use thyrsus in a sentence
There are “many thyrsus bearers, few mystics,” many are called, few chosen.How to Fail in Literature | Andrew Lang
Bacchus is generally represented as crowned with ivy or grape leaves and bearing an ivy-circled wand (the thyrsus).Stories of Old Greece and Rome | Emilie Kip Baker
Sometimes the thyrsus is replaced by ivy leaves, which, like the fig, are symbolic of the triple creator.Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism | Thomas Inman
The figure of the god stands upon a pillar of three stones, and it bears a thyrsus from which depend two ribbons.Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism | Thomas Inman
Their heads were helmeted with triple brass, and impenetrable to the heaviest blows of the thyrsus of Bacchus.The Golden Dog | William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for thyrsus
Greek myth a staff, usually one tipped with a pine cone, borne by Dionysus (Bacchus) and his followers
a variant spelling of thyrse
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