[ thur-suhs ]

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

1585–95; <Latin <Greek thýrsos Bacchic staff, stem of plant

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/ (ˈθɜːsəs) /

nounplural -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

Origin of thyrsus

C18: from Latin, from Greek thursos stalk

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