noun thyr·sus \ˈthər-səs\

Definition of thyrsus



play \-ˌsī, -ˌsē\
  1. :  a staff surmounted by a pinecone 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

Origin and Etymology of thyrsus

Latin, from Greek thyrsos

First Known Use: 1591

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