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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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