from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tall, aquatic, Mediterranean sedge (Cyperus papyrus) having numerous drooping rays grouped in umbels. Also called Egyptian paper rush, paper plant.
- n. A material on which to write made from the pith or the stems of this sedge, used especially by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.
- n. A document written on this material.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant in the sedge family, Cyperus papyrus, native to the Nile river valley.
- n. A material similar to paper made from the papyrus plant.
- n. A scroll or document written on papyrus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A manuscript written on papyrus; esp., pl., written scrolls made of papyrus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The paper -reed or -rush, Cyperus Papyrus (Papyrus antiquorum), abounding on marshy river-banks in Abyssinia, Palestine, and Sicily, now almost extinct in Egypt.
- n. An ancient scroll, book, or other document, or a fragment of the same, written on papyrus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. paper made from the papyrus plant by cutting it in strips and pressing it flat; used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks and Romans
- n. a document written on papyrus
- n. tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times
Specially characteristic of Egypt, though not altogether peculiar to it, were the papyrus and the lotus -- the _Cyperus papyrus_ and _Nymphæa lotus_ of botanists.
The Egyptian byblus or papyrus (_Cyperus papyrus_) was perhaps the most valuable of all the vegetables of the Empire.
The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia The History, Geography, And Antiquities Of Chaldaea, Assyria, Babylon, Media, Persia, Parthia, And Sassanian or New Persian Empire; With Maps and Illustrations.
This papyrus is the property of the Egypt Exploration Fund, and Prof. Eugène Revillout, of the Egyptian Department of the Louvre, has undertaken to translate it.
Also any menu written in papyrus font immediately turns me off to its food.
Her head and her beautiful black hair are now in the Ethnographical Department of the Natural History Museum at South Kensington, and her precious papyrus is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford.
That papyrus is now among the treasures of the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and all that is preserved of its possessor – her skull and her lovely hair – are now in the South Kensington Museum, London.
There, below "papyrus" -- and just above paquebot* -- the French words in between yielded the answer:
The manuscript itself is a little roll of papyrus, which is a kind of thick paper made from beaten reeds, very commonly used in ancient Egypt and the whole Middle East, apparently, though very little of it has survived.
There is a papyrus in the British Museum containing medical prescriptions which was written about 1200 B.C.; and the famous EBERS papyrus, which is devoted to medical matters, is reckoned to date from about the year 1550 B.C.
There was a kind of paper called papyrus, made from a reed which grew mostly in Egypt, but this was expensive.
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