• (British) IPA: /ˈθɜːsəs/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈθɚsəs/

thyrsus (plural thyrsi)

  1. A staff topped with a conical ornament, carried by Bacchus or his followers.
    • In my hand I bear / The thyrsus, tipped with fragrant cones of pine.
    • As good to grow on graves / As twist about a thyrsus.
  2. (botany) A species of inflorescence; a dense panicle, as in the lilac and horse-chestnut.

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