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Definition of "thyrsus" [thyr•sus]

  • Mythology A staff tipped with a pine cone and twined with ivy, carried by Dionysus, Dionysian revelers, and satyrs. (noun)
  • Botany A thyrse. (noun)

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Use "thyrsus" in a sentence
  • "The thyrsus was a long staff, carried by Bacchus, and by the Satyrs and Bacchanalians engaged in the worship of the God of the grape."
  • "As she worshipped the god she typically held a thyrsus, a giant fennel staff topped with a pinecone."
  • "Satyrs often carry the thyrsus: the rod of Dionysus tipped with a pine cone."