- 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
Examples from the Web for thyrsus
The faces of the two satyrs and the head of the thyrsus are also much mutilated.
He is surrounded by his usual rout of attendants, one of whom bears a thyrsus.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
The spears were wrapped round with ivy, and the thyrsus had a sharp point.The Gates of India
A contracted or elongated inflorescence of this sort is called a Thyrsus.
Thyrse or Thyrsus, a compact and pyramidal panicle of cymes or cymules, 79.
- 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 and History for thyrsus
1590s, from Greek thyrsos, literally "stalk or stem of a plant," a non-Greek word of unknown origin. The staff or spear tipped with an ornament like a pine cone, and sometimes wreathed in ivy or vine branches, borne by Dionysus and his votaries.