- a staff tipped with a pine cone and sometimes entwined with ivy or vine leaves, which Dionysus, the satyrs, etc. were represented as carrying
- Bot. a flower cluster in which the main stem is racemose and the secondary stems are cymose, as in the lilacalso thyrse
Origin of thyrsusClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek thyrsos; uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Hittite tuwarsa-, grape vine
nounpl. thyr·si Mythology
A staff tipped with a pine cone and twined with ivy, carried by Dionysus, Dionysian revelers, and satyrs.
Origin of thyrsusLatin, from Greek thursos.
detail of Bacchus and Ariadne by Angelica Kauffmann (1741–1807)
From Latin thyrsus, from Ancient Greek Î¸ÏÏÏƒÎ¿Ï‚ (thursos).