Definition of papyrus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈpaɪrəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈpaɪrəs//
    (pl. papyri
    BrE BrE//pəˈpaɪriː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈpaɪriː//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a tall plant with thick stems that grows in water
  2. 2 [uncountable] paper made from the stems of the papyrus plant, used in ancient Egypt for writing and drawing on
  3. 3[countable] a document or piece of paper made of papyrus
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (1)): via Latin from Greek papuros. Senses 2 and 3 date from the early 18th cent.
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