Papyrus meaning

pə-pīrəs
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.

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Any ancient document or manuscript on papyrus.
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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.
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(usually uncountable) A plant in the sedge family, Cyperus papyrus, native to the Nile river valley.
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(usually uncountable) A material similar to paper made from the papyrus plant.
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(countable) A scroll or document written on papyrus.
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An aquatic sedge (Cyperus papyrus) native to Africa, having a tall stem and an umbellate inflorescence with numerous arching rays.
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A tall water plant (Cyperus papyrus) of the sedge family, abundant in the Nile region of Egypt and widely cultivated as an ornamental.
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Origin of papyrus

  • Middle English papirus from Latin papȳrus from Greek papūros

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin papȳrus, from Ancient Greek πάπυρος (papuros), of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary