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pa·py·rus

 (pə-pī′rəs)
n. pl. pa·py·rus·es or pa·py·ri (-rī′)
1. An aquatic sedge (Cyperus papyrus) native to Africa, having a tall stem and an umbellate inflorescence with numerous arching rays.
2.
a. A material made from the pith or the stems of this sedge, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans especially to write or paint on.
b. A document written on this material.

[Middle English papirus, from Latin papȳrus, from Greek papūros.]

papyrus

(pəˈpaɪrəs)
n, pl -ri (-raɪ) or -ruses
1. (Plants) a tall aquatic cyperaceous plant, Cyperus papyrus, of S Europe and N and central Africa with small green-stalked flowers arranged like umbrella spokes around the stem top
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a kind of paper made from the stem pith of this plant, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) an ancient document written on this paper
[C14: via Latin from Greek papūros reed used in making paper]

pa•py•rus

(pəˈpaɪ rəs)

n., pl. -py•ri (-ˈpaɪ raɪ, -ri)
-py•rus•es.
1. a tall, aquatic plant, Cyperus papyrus, of the sedge family, native to the Nile valley.
2. a material on which to write, prepared from thin strips of the pith of this plant laid and pressed together, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.
3. a document written on this material.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin papȳrus < Greek pápȳros]
pa•py′ral, (-rɪn) adj.

papyrus

  • volume - Originally the name of a scroll or roll of papyrus, from Latin volvere, "to roll up."
  • bible - Derived from biblios, the name for the papyrus produced in the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos.
  • schedule - Goes back to Greek skhede, for "leaf of papyrus"; it started out meaning a ticket or a brief note.
  • tome - Comes from Greek tomos, "roll of papyrus," and was originally a word for one volume of a larger work.

papyrus

A reedlike plant cultivated in Egypt and used by the ancient Egyptians to make paper.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.papyrus - paper made from the papyrus plant by cutting it in strips and pressing it flatpapyrus - paper made from the papyrus plant by cutting it in strips and pressing it flat; used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks and Romans
paper - a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
2.papyrus - tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic timespapyrus - tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times
sedge - grasslike or rushlike plant growing in wet places having solid stems, narrow grasslike leaves and spikelets of inconspicuous flowers
Cyperus, genus Cyperus - type genus of Cyperaceae; grasslike rhizomatous herbs; cosmopolitan except very cold regions
3.papyrus - a document written on papyrus
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
Translations
Echter PapyrusPapyrusPapyrusstaude
גומאגומא פפירוספפירוס

papyrus

[pəˈpaɪərəs] N (papyruses or papyri (pl)) [pəˈpaɪəraɪ]papiro m

papyrus

n pl <papyri> (= plant)Papyrusstaude f, → Papyrus m; (= paper)Papyrus m; (= scroll)Papyrusrolle f, → Papyrus m
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the other papyri may be found in the publications whose name they bear.
Greek medical papyri and related artifacts recovered in Egypt are a veritable treasure trove of information on crucial and otherwise poorly attested phases in the development of ancient Greek medicine, its penetration into regions of the Mediterranean world and its transformation through interaction with local medical traditions a medicine that Romans spread throughout western Europe.
After cutting his teeth on a few 17th century papyri under the direction of Flinders Petrie, in 1895, Grenfell headed for the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhyncus, a hundred miles or so south of Cairo, and here he hit the jackpot.
located in the National Library of Russia; a fragment of a book of Homer, located at University Museum and Library at the University of Pennsylvania; papyri found in human and crocodile mummies, hosted by the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri in Berkeley, California.
Although the Chester Beatty Papyri in general are in excellent shape--each papyrus leaf is encased in glass --the Center often photographs manuscripts in various states of decay because of fire, worms, water, or other causes.
L'interet majeur de cette publication est, cela va sans dire, le contenu de ces trois papyri et la question de la definition du << Livre des mons >> qu'il entraine.
The dry climate of Egypt has made it possible for papyri to endure, in many cases, for over two millennia.
It is comparable to numerous Late Period and Greco-Roman papyri, though some texts go back to the Old Kingdom, and it's good preservation allows a broader understanding of the orthography and paleography.
To the Editor: Retief and Cilliers stated in their interesting article (1) that 'Evidence of cancers in the Egyptian papyri is very uncertain, but the occurrence of the word weshau (eating) may on occasion be interpreted as indicative of malignancy, and breast cancer may have been recognised.