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thyrsus (n.)

1590s, from Latinized form of Greek thyrsos, literally "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 and vine branches, borne by Dionysus and his votaries.

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Definitions of thyrsus

thyrsus (n.)
a dense flower cluster (as of the lilac or horse chestnut) in which the main axis is racemose and the branches are cymose;
Synonyms: thyrse
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