PAPY'RUS, n. [L.] An Egyptian plant, a kind of reed, of which the ancients made paper.
PA-PY'RUS, n.2 [plur. papyri.]
An ancient Egyptian manuscript written on membranes of the papyrus. – Gliddon.
PA-PY'RUS, n.1 [plur. papyri. L.]
An Egyptian plant, a kind of reed of which the ancients made a material for writing.
- 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.
- 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
- A manuscript written on papyrus; esp.,
pl., written scrolls made of papyrus; as, the papyri of
Egypt or Herculaneum.