Meaning of thyrsus

thyr•sus

Pronunciation: (thûr'sus), [key]
— pl. -si
  1. a thyrse.
  2. a staff tipped with a pine cone and sometimes twined with ivy and vine branches, borne by Dionysus and his votaries.
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