Definition of thyrsus
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LNS
thyrsus, thyrsī
thyrsus
θύρσος,
noun (m., 3rd Greek declension)
  1. a stalk, stem
  2. A staff twined round with ivy and vine-shoots, borne by Bacchus and the Bacchantes
  3. the Bacchic staff, thyrsus
  4. A thorn, goad
Abbreviations
thyrsus, i, m., = θύρσος, a stalk, stem of a plant. Lit., Plin. 19, 8, 39, § 129; 25, 8, 41, § 81; 26, 8, 33, § 51; Suet. Aug. 77; Col. 10, 370.

— Transf. A staff twined round with ivy and vine-shoots, borne by Bacchus and the Bacchantes; the Bacchic staff, thyrsus, Hor. C. 2, 19, 8; Ov. M. 3, 542; 3, 712; 4, 7; 9, 641; 11, 28; Stat. Th. 9, 614; Sen. Herc. Fur. 904; id. Oedip. 628 al.

— Hence, poet. transf., A thorn, goad: acri Percussit thyrso laudis spes magna meum cor, Lucr. 1, 923; Ov. Tr. 4, 1, 43.
 
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