thyrsus

noun
thyr·​sus | \ ˈthər-səs How to pronounce thyrsus (audio) \
plural thyrsi\ ˈthər-​ˌsī How to pronounce thyrsus (audio) , -​ˌsē \

Definition of thyrsus

: 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

First Known Use of thyrsus

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thyrsus

Latin, from Greek thyrsos

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The first known use of thyrsus was in 1591

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“Thyrsus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thyrsus. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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