Papyrus growing along the river bank.
An example of papyrus is the plant ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used to make paper.
- a tall water plant (Cyperus papyrus) of the sedge family, abundant in the Nile region of Egypt and widely cultivated as an ornamental
- a material for writing on, 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 p?-n-pr-??, 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 papÈ³rus, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î¬Ï€Ï…ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (papuros), of unknown origin.