American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinthyrsus, from Ancient Greek Î¸ÏÏÏƒÎ¿Ï‚ (thursos).
Thyrsus Sentence Examples
The usual attributes of Silenus were the wine-skin (from which he is inseparable), a crown of ivy, the Bacchic thyrsus, the ass, and sometimes the panther.
The tufted head or umbel is likened by Pliny to a thyrsus.
His personal attributes are an ivy wreath, the thyrsus (a staff with pine cone at the end), the laurel, the pine, a drinking cup, and sometimes the horn of a bull on his forehead.
In the privet (Ligustrum vulgare) there are numerous racemes of dichasia arranged in a racemose manner along an axis; the whole inflorescence thus has an appearance not unlike a bunch of grapes, and has been called a thyrsus.