papyrus

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noun pa·py·rus \pə-ˈpī-rəs\

Definition of papyrus

plural

papyri

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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. 3a :  a writing on papyrusb :  a written scroll made of papyrus He discovered a papyrus in the ruins.

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

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PAPYRUS Defined for English Language Learners

papyrus

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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

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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