from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The papyrus.
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Would not the river Nile sooner have given over to bear the paper-reed, than they have been weary of writing their brave exploits?
Version, without doubt denotes the celebrated paper-reed of the ancients, Papyrus antiquorum, which formerly was common in some parts of Egypt.
The double point of comparison between the ungodly and the paper-reed is: 1. the luxuriant prosperity at first; and, 2. the sudden destruction.
-- The paper-reed of Asia, which yielded the substances used as paper by the ancient Egyptians.