noun (plural thyrsi /-sʌɪ, -siː/)
(In ancient Greece and Rome) a staff or spear tipped with an ornament like a pine cone, carried by Bacchus 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.
Definition of thyrsus in:
- The US English dictionary