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[ 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.

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Origin of thyrsus

1585–95; < Latin < Greek thýrsos Bacchic staff, stem of plant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper