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papyrus (n.)

late 14c., papirus, from Latin papyrus "the paper plant," also the paper made from it, from Greek papyros "any plant of the paper plant genus," a loan-word of unknown origin, often said to be Egyptian. The classically correct plural is papyri. A type of rush or reed formerly abundant on marshy river banks in Egypt, Palestine, etc., it afforded the ancient Egyptians a convenient and inexpensive writing surface. Related: Papyraceous.

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Definitions of papyrus from WordNet

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;
papyrus (n.)
tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times;
Synonyms: Egyptian paper reed / Egyptian paper rush / paper rush / paper plant / Cyperus papyrus
papyrus (n.)
a document written on papyrus;
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