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
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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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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