Definition of papyrus
papyriplay \pə-ˈpī-(ˌ)rē, -rī\ or
1 : a tall perennial sedge (Cyperus papyrus) of the Nile valley
2 : the pith of the papyrus plant especially when made into strips and pressed into a material to write on
3a : a writing on papyrusb : a written scroll made of papyrus He discovered a papyrus in the ruins.
Examples of papyrus in a sentence
an ancient text written on papyrus
He discovered a papyrus in the ruins.
Origin and Etymology of papyrus
Middle English, from Latin — more at paper
First Known Use: 14th century
PAPYRUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of papyrus for English Language Learners
: 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
PAPYRUS Defined for Kids
Definition of papyrus for Students
1 : a tall African plant related to the grasses that grows especially in Egypt
2 : a material like paper used by ancient people to write on
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