• WordNet 3.6
    • n papyrus a document written on papyrus
    • n papyrus tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times
    • n papyrus paper made from the papyrus plant by cutting it in strips and pressing it flat; used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks and Romans
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vellum, a fine-quality writing parchment, is prepared from animal skin: lambs, kids, and very young calves. Coarser, tougher types are made from the skins of male goats, wolves, and older calves. Vellum replaced papyrus and was superseded by paper.
    • Papyrus A manuscript written on papyrus; esp., pl., written scrolls made of papyrus; as, the papyri of Egypt or Herculaneum.
    • Papyrus (Bot) 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.
    • Papyrus 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 pressed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Early Egyptians wore sandals made from woven papyrus leaves.
    • n papyrus The paper -reed or -rush, Cyperus Papyrus (Papyrus antiquorum), abounding on marshy river-banks in Abyssinia, Palestine, and Sicily, now almost extinct in Egypt. It afforded to the ancient Egyptians, and through them to the Greeks and Romans, a convenient and inexpensive writing-material. The papyrus was prepared by cutting the central pith of the reed into longitudinal strips, which were laid side by side, with another layer of strips crossing them at right angles. The two layers, thus prepared, were soaked in water, theu pressed together to make them, adhere, and dried. For books the papyrus was formed into rolls by cementing together a number of sheets. Also called biblus.
    • n papyrus An ancient scroll, book, or other document, or a fragment of the same, written on papyrus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Papyrus pa-pī′rus an Egyptian sedge, now scarcely found there, from the inner pith (byblos) of which the ancients made their paper: a manuscript on papyrus
    • v.t Papyrus to produce by means of such
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. pa`pyros. See Paper


In literature:

The two finest kinds of papyrus were named the Augustan and the Livian.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
The story deals with the finding of a papyrus containing the particulars of some of the treasures of the Queen of Sheba.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
Papyrus, like the art of writing upon it, came originally from Egypt.
"Romulus, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
Suddenly a papyrus roll concealed between the side and arm of the mummy caught the doctor's eye.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
The papyrus plant, found along the Nile, furnished a material on which writing was practiced.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
One of them represents a female figure carrying rolls of papyrus to a man who is seated and intently reading.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
With Buddha was it not 1 per cent papyrus roll and 99 per cent meditation?
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Papyrus, importance to Egyptians, 51; symbolism of, 159.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
The papyrus grew by the banks of the Nile.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman
Papyrus was a material the ancient Egyptians used.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
In a papyrus of the Thotmes III.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
I will put it on the papyrus.
"A Captive of the Roman Eagles" by Felix Dahn
The King rapidly ran through the rolls of papyrus.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
The casket contained all sorts of writings and rolls of papyrus.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
In his hand he carried an arrow and a strip of papyrus.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
The finest non-religious papyrus known, the Ebers Papyrus, is a vast collection of receipts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Papyrus rolls in Herculaneum, 392.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
It was not by their means that the Saracens shut up the supply of papyrus, and that sheep-skins bore a great price.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
The next earliest material to papyrus used for writing upon was tree bark.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
The papyrus, dating over 3000 B.C., had many gaps.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood

In poetry:

When ancient films have crumbled like
Papyrus rolls of Egypt's day,
Let the dust speak: "Her pride was high,
All but the artist hid away:
"Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress" by Vachel Lindsay
He waved his robe of flame, he cross'd his breast,
And sighing—his papyrus scarf survey'd,
Woven with dark characters, then thus address'd
The troubled council.
"The Christiad" by Henry Kirke White
PROUD, languid lily of the sacred Nile,
'Tis strange to see thee on our western wave,
Far from those sandy shores that mile on mile,
Papyrus-plumed, stretch silent as the grave.
"The Egyptian Lotus (In an Artificial Pond)" by Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton
Phoenicians first (if story be believed)
Dared to record in characters; for yet
Papyrus was not fashioned, and the priests
Of Memphis, carving symbols upon walls
Of mystic sense (in shape of beast or fowl)
Preserved the secrets of their magic art.
"Pharsalia - Book III: Massilia" by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus

In news:

Jesus' wife papyrus : Scholars cast doubt on authenticity.
Is a scrap of papyrus suggesting that Jesus had a wife authentic.
'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' papyrus is a fake (VIDEO).
The 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' papyrus scrap was unveiled in Rome by a Harvard scholar last week.
Harvard claim of Jesus' Wife papyrus scrutinized.
Show on Jesus' wife papyrus delayed amid doubts.
The premiere of the Smithsonian Channel's documentary on a papyrus fragment that purports to show Jesus referring to his wife has been delayed until further tests can be done amid doubts about the fragment's authenticity.
Posts tagged with " Papyrus Publishing".
Waukesha, WI February 16, 2006 With over 100 corporate-owned retail stores, Papyrus , a paper wholesaler and retailer, ships to thousands of retailers throughout the United States and Canada.
Vatican weighs in on "Jesus' wife" papyrus .
Tonight, the Vatican weighed in on a papyrus fragment that a Harvard professor says is the first discovered record that Jesus may have had a wife.
Photos from Harvard University Harvard divinity professor Karen L King says this fourth-century fragment of papyrus is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife.
A noted religious scholar doubts the veracity of a papyrus text that purports to reveal that Jesus had a wife — but includes a typo.
Doubts Over Harvard Claim of 'Jesus' Wife' Papyrus .
ROME — Is a scrap of papyrus suggesting that Jesus had a wife authentic.

In science:

The image, adapted from Ref.15, shows a piece of a manuscript in Greek on papyrus, from Alexandria, Egypt, 3rd c. BC. The text is from the poem "Works and Days", by Hesiod.
Color Dipole Moments for Edge Detection
Fig.3 The original image, adapted from Ref.14, shows a piece of a manuscript in Greek on papyrus, from Alexandria, 3rd c.
Color Dipole Moments for Edge Detection
Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Möllendorff, Die Perser, aus einem Papyrus von Abusir im Auftrage der Deutschen Orientgesellschaft, Leipzig, J.C.
Abusir: from Pliny the Elder to Google Maps
Fig.2: It was in 1902, during the excavation of a grave at Abusir that the Timotheus papyrus was found in a coffin.
Abusir: from Pliny the Elder to Google Maps
The papyrus found at Abusir is probably the oldest existing Greek papyrus.
Abusir: from Pliny the Elder to Google Maps