thyr·​sus ˈthər-səs How to pronounce thyrsus (audio)
plural thyrsi ˈthər-ˌsī How to pronounce thyrsus (audio)
: a staff surmounted by a pine cone 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

Word History


Latin, from Greek thyrsos

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thyrsus was in 1591

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“Thyrsus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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