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thyrsus

play
noun, thyr·sus \ˈthər-səs\

Definition of thyrsus

plural thyrsi play \-ˌsī, -ˌsē\

  1. :  a staff surmounted by a pinecone or by a bunch of vine or ivy leaves with grapes or berries that is carried by Bacchus and by satyrs and others engaging in bacchic rites



Origin of thyrsus

Latin, from Greek thyrsos


First Known Use: 1591

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