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papyrus

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noun pa·py·rus \pə-ˈpī-rəs\

Simple Definition of papyrus

  • : a tall plant that is like grass and that grows in marshes especially in Egypt

  • : paper made from papyrus that was used in ancient times

  • : a piece of paper made from papyrus that has writing on it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of papyrus

plural

papyri

play \-ˈpī-(ˌ)rē, -rī\ or

papyruses

  1. 1 :  a tall perennial sedge (Cyperus papyrus) of the Nile valley

  2. 2 :  the pith of the papyrus plant especially when made into strips and pressed into a material to write on

  3. 3 a :  a writing on papyrus b :  a written scroll made of papyrus

Examples of papyrus in a sentence

  1. an ancient text written on papyrus

  2. He discovered a papyrus in the ruins.



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Origin and Etymology of papyrus

Middle English, from Latin — more at paper


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Paper Terms

Rhymes with papyrus


PAPYRUS Defined for Kids

papyrus

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noun pa·py·rus \pə-ˈpī-rəs\

Definition of papyrus for Students

plural

papyruses

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papyri

\-rē, -ˌrī\
  1. 1 :  a tall African plant related to the grasses that grows especially in Egypt

  2. 2 :  a material like paper used by ancient people to write on




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