papyrus: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (pu-pī'rus), [key]
— pl. -py•ri -py•rus•es.
- a tall, aquatic plant, Cyperus papyrus, of the sedge family, native to the Nile valley: the Egyptian subspecies, C. papyrus hadidii, thought to be common in ancient times, now occurs only in several sites.
- a material on which to write, prepared from thin strips of the pith of this plant laid together, soaked, pressed, and dried, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.
- an ancient document, manuscript, or scroll written on this material.
- papyrus (Thesaurus)
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