noun \ō-ˈsī-rəs\

Definition of OSIRIS

:  the Egyptian god of the underworld and husband and brother of Isis

Origin of OSIRIS

Latin, from Greek, from Egyptian Wsỉr
First Known Use: 1613

Rhymes with OSIRIS


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient Egyptian god of the underworld. Osiris was slain by the god Seth, who tore apart the corpse and flung the pieces all over Egypt. According to some accounts, the goddess Isis, consort of Osiris, and her sister Nephthys found the pieces and gave new life to Osiris, who became the ruler of the underworld. Isis and Osiris then conceived Horus. In the Egyptian concept of divine kingship, the king at death became Osiris and the new king was identified with Horus. Osiris also represented the power that brought life out of the earth. Festivals reenacting his fate were celebrated annually in towns throughout Egypt.


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