- 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).