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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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A list of papyri belonging to lost Hesiodic works may here be added: all are the "Catalogues".
1.22 ff.; the other papyri may be found in the publications whose name they bear.
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Presenting unique examples of Arab and German storytelling, once again the strength of our shared cultural traditions becomes visible." Prof Dr Verena Lepper, curator of the exhibition and curator for Egyptian and Oriental Papyri and Manuscripts at the Papyrus Collection in Berlin, said that the exhibition is based on a joint research project combining both worlds.
In a new University of Copenhagen study, analyses of 2,000-year-old papyri fragments with X-ray microscopy showed that black ink used by Egyptian scribes also contained copper - an element previously not identified in ancient ink.
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