- Papyrus is a grass like water plant found in the Nile region of Egypt, or paper made from this plant.
An example of papyrus is the plant ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used to make paper.
Papyrus growing along the river bank.
nounpl. papyri or papyruses
- a tall water plant (Cyperus papyrus) of the sedge family, abundant in the Nile region of Egypt and widely cultivated as an ornamental
- a writing material made from this plant by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, by soaking, pressing, and drying thin slices of its pith laid crosswise
- any ancient document or manuscript on papyrus
Origin of papyrusMiddle English papirus ; from Classical Latin papyrus ; from Classical Greek papyros, probably ; from Coptic paparo ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Egyptian pʾ-n-pr-ʿʾ, that of the pharaoh
nounpl. pa·py·rus·es or pa·py·ri
- An aquatic sedge (Cyperus papyrus) native to Africa, having a tall stem and an umbellate inflorescence with numerous arching rays.
- a. A material made from the pith or the stems of this sedge, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans especially to write or paint on.b. A document written on this material.
Origin of papyrusMiddle English papirus, from Latin pap&ymacron;rus, from Greek papūros.
top: papyrus plant
bottom: c. 1400–1200 bc papyrus fragment from the Egyptian Book of the Dead
(usually uncountable, plural papyri or papyruses)
From Latin papȳrus, from Ancient Greek πάπυρος (papuros), of unknown origin.