American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. It afforded to the ancient Egyptians, and through them to the Greeks and Romans, a convenient and inexpensive writing-material. The papyrus was prepared by cutting the central pith of the reed into longitudinal strips, which were laid side by side, with another layer of strips crossing them at right angles. The two layers, thus prepared, were soaked in water, theu pressed together to make them, adhere, and dried. For books the papyrus was formed into rolls by cementing together a number of sheets. Also called
- n. An ancient scroll, book, or other document, or a fragment of the same, written on papyrus.
- 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. countable A scroll or document written on papyrus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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.
- 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
- From Latin papȳrus, from Ancient Greek πάπυρος (papuros), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English papirus, from Latin papȳrus, from Greek papūros. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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