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