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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Thyrsus \Thyr"sus\, n.; pl. Thyrsi. [L., fr. Gr. ?. Cf.
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.
A good to grow on graves
As twist about a thyrsus. --Mrs.
In my hand I bear
The thyrsus, tipped with fragrant cones of pine.
2. (Bot.) A species of inflorescence; a dense panicle, as in
the lilac and horse-chestnut.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a dense flower cluster (as of the lilac or horse chestnut)
in which the main axis is racemose and the branches are
cymose [syn: thyrse, thyrsus]
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