noun, plural thyr·si [thur-sahy] /ˈθɜr saɪ/.
Origin of thyrsus
Examples from the Web for thyrsus
Then occurs another outflow from the thyrsus and cup, and another round of the Bacchantes to the sound of drums and cymbals.
He is an idealist reveling in color: a Platonist brandishing the thyrsus of the Menads.Amiel's Journal|Henri-Frdric Amiel
Their heads were helmeted with triple brass, and impenetrable to the heaviest blows of the thyrsus of Bacchus.The Golden Dog|William Kirby
In the center of the temple Bacchus is seen standing, holding a thyrsus in his left hand and a cup in his right.
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
British Dictionary definitions for thyrsus
noun plural -si (-saɪ)
Word Origin for thyrsus
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.