Definition of Papyrus

1. Noun. Paper made from the papyrus plant by cutting it in strips and pressing it flat; used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks and Romans.

Generic synonyms: Paper

2. Noun. Tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times.

3. Noun. A document written on papyrus.
Generic synonyms: Document, Papers, Written Document

Definition of Papyrus

1. n. A tall rushlike plant (Cyperus Papyrus) of the Sedge family, formerly growing in Egypt, and now found in Abyssinia, Syria, Sicily, etc. The stem is triangular and about an inch thick.

Definition of Papyrus

1. Noun. (usually uncountable) A plant in the sedge family, ''Cyperus papyrus'', native to the Nile river valley. ¹

2. Noun. (usually uncountable) A material similar to paper made from the papyrus plant. ¹

3. Noun. A scroll or document written on papyrus. ¹

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Definition of Papyrus

1. a tall aquatic plant [n -RUSES or -RI] : PAPYRAL, PAPYRIAN, PAPYRINE [adj]

Medical Definition of Papyrus

1. Origin: L, fr. Gr. See Paper. 1. A tall rushlike plant (Cyperus Papyrus) of the Sedge family, formerly growing in Egypt, and now found in Abyssinia, Syria, Sicily, etc. The stem is triangular and about an inch thick. 2. The material upon which the ancient Egyptians wrote. It was formed by cutting the stem of the plant into thin longitudinal slices, which were gummed together and pressed. 3. A manuscript written on papyrus; especially, pl, written scrolls made of papyrus; as, the papyri of Egypt or Herculaneum. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Papyrus

papyraceous scars
papyrus (current term)
par excellence
par for the course
par value
par yield
par yields
para-aortic bodies

Literary usage of Papyrus

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"papyrus has been used as a medium for writing on from the very earliest antiquity; ... The ancient papyrus writings of the Egyptians arc in several kinds of ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"papyrus rolls are represented in ancient Egyptian wall-paintings; ... The most ancient Egyptian papyrus now known contains accounts of the reign of King ..."

3. Life of John Boyle O'Reilly by James Jeffrey Roche, Mary Murphy O'Reilly (1891)
"The charm of the papyrus is that it is essentially an ideal club. ... Two years before, at the dinner of the papyrus, on February 3, Mr. William A. Hovey ..."

4. The Harvard Theological Review by Harvard Divinity School (1921)
"NOTES A papyrus MANUSCRIPT OF THE MINOR PROPHETS Among the parchment and papyrus manuscripts and fragments brought to this country by the University of ..."

5. Manners and customs of the ancient Egyptians: Including Their Private Life by John Gardner Wilkinson (1837)
"And that under the name " papyrus " he includes other kinds of cyperus produced spontaneously in the marshy lands, is evident from his observing that, ..."

6. Ancient Egyptian Science: A Source Book by Marshall Clagett (1989)
"The editor of the Reisner Papyri, William Kelly Simpson, describes the discovery and the character of the Reisner papyrus I succinctly:1 The document which ..."

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