thyrsus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin thyrsus, from Ancient Greek θύρσος (thúrsos).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

thyrsus (plural thyrsi)

  1. A staff topped with a conical ornament, carried by Bacchus or his followers.
    • Longfellow
      In my hand I bear / The thyrsus, tipped with fragrant cones of pine.
    • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
      As good to grow on graves / As twist about a thyrsus.
    • 1968, Anthony Burgess, Enderby Outside
      The champagne was done, and she upturned the bottle to hold it like a thyrsus.
  2. (botany) A species of inflorescence; a dense panicle, as in the lilac and horse-chestnut.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek θύρσος (thúrsos, plant-stalk, Bacchic staff).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

thyrsus m (genitive thyrsī); second declension

  1. thyrsus

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative thyrsus thyrsī
genitive thyrsī thyrsōrum
dative thyrsō thyrsīs
accusative thyrsum thyrsōs
ablative thyrsō thyrsīs
vocative thyrse thyrsī

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