Thyrsus Thyr"sus, n.; pl. {Thyrsi}. [L., fr. Gr. ?. Cf. {Torso}.] 1. A staff entwined with ivy, and surmounted by a pine cone, or by a bunch of vine or ivy leaves with grapes or berries. It is an attribute of Bacchus, and of the satyrs and others engaging in Bacchic rites. [1913 Webster]

A good to grow on graves As twist about a thyrsus. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster]

In my hand I bear The thyrsus, tipped with fragrant cones of pine. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A species of inflorescence; a dense panicle, as in the lilac and horse-chestnut. [1913 Webster]

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  • Thyrsus — (auch griechisch Thyrsos) steht für: Thyrsus (Blütenstand), ein spezieller Blütenstand Thyrsus González (1624–1705), 13. General der Societas Jesu Thyrsos, in der griechischen Mythologie Attribut des Dionysos und seiner Begleiter Thyrsos… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Thyrsus — (grch.), der in einen Fichtenzapfen auslaufende, mit Epheu und Weinlaub umwundene Stab (Thyrsusstab) der Mainaden …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Thyrsus — Thyrsus, bei den Griechen der mit Reben und Epheu umwundene, oben mit einem Fichtenzapfen geschmückte Stab, den man bei Bachusfesten trug. – T., in der Botanik, s. Strauß …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Thyrsus — ⇒ Blütenstände …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • thyrsus — (n.) 1590s, from Gk. thyrsos, lit. stalk or stem of a plant, a non Greek word of unknown origin. The staff or spear tipped with an ornament like a pine cone, and sometimes wreathed in ivy or vine branches, borne by Dionysus and his votaries …   Etymology dictionary

  • thyrsus — [thʉrsthʉr′səs] n. pl. thyrsi [thʉr′sī΄] [L < Gr thyrsos; ? akin to Hittite tuwarsa , grape vine] 1. a staff tipped with a pine cone and sometimes entwined with ivy or vine leaves, which Dionysus, the satyrs, etc. were represented as carrying… …   English World dictionary

  • Thyrsus — In Greek mythology, a thyrsus (thyrsos) was a staff of giant fennel ( Ferula communis ) covered with ivy vines and leaves, sometimes wound with taeniae and always topped with a pine cone. Where these emblems were, there was the spirit of Dionysus …   Wikipedia

  • THYRSUS — I. THYRSUS fluv. Sardiniae praecipuus, in ora occidentali vulgo Torso. Baudrando hodie Thirso, otitur in parte Boreali dein per mediam Insulam fluens, 5. mill. pass. ab ARborea in mare se Sardoum exonerat. II. THYRSUS hasta dicta est hederâ… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Thyrsus — Thỵr|sus 〈m.; , Thỵr|si〉 von Efeu od. Weinlaub umwundener Stab der Bacchantinnen; Sy Thyrsusstab [<lat. thyrsus <grch. thyrsos] * * * Thỵrsus   [griechisch lateinisch »Thyrsosstab«] der, /...sen, ein Blütenstand mit durchgehender… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • thyrsus — /therr seuhs/, n., pl. thyrsi / suy/. 1. Bot. a thyrse. 2. Gk. Antiq. a staff tipped with a pine cone and sometimes twined with ivy and vine branches, borne by Dionysus and his votaries. [1585 95; < L < Gk thýrsos Bacchic staff, stem of plant] *… …   Universalium

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