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.
Recent Examples of papyrus from the Web
Three-foot-tall papyrus leaves and a variety of grasses in rustic wooden containers covered the tables.
Whitetop is in the Cyperaceae (sedge) family, as is the papyrus of ancient Egyptian papermaking.
The human remains were discovered in the 1920s by a historian studying papyrus writings, says Krause.
Archaeologists also found a half-dozen sarcophagi, papyrus, clay and limestone coffins and other vessels.
This reliably allows for the classic Botswana mokoro boating experience through the papyrus and water lilies, but also great drives on land, which deliver top-notch big-game viewing.
The dry climate of the Judean Desert helped preserve the papyrus.
More than 3,000 years ago, a government official took a roll of papyrus and sketched out the features of a valley in the Eastern Desert with such detail and accuracy that the document is considered to be the earliest geologic map in history.
During a final wave of destruction, in AD 641, invaders fed the bound volumes and papyrus scrolls into the furnaces of the public baths, where they are said to have burned for six months.
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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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