Definition of thyrsus in English:

thyrsus

Syllabification: thyr·sus
Pronunciation: /ˈTHərsəs
 
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noun (plural thyrsusi /-sī/)

  • (In ancient Greece and Rome) a staff or spear tipped with an ornament like a pine cone, carried by Dionysus and his followers.
    More example sentences
    • Frenzied with wine they rushed through woods and over mountains uttering sharp cries, waving pine-cone-tipped wands (thyrsi).
    • The fabulous history of Bacchus relates that he converted the thyrsi carried by himself and his followers into dangerous weapons, by concealing an iron point in the head of leaves.
    • Primrose is a very leafy shrub, producing small, yellowish thyrsi.

Origin

Latin, from Greek thursos 'plant stalk, Bacchic staff'.

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