[puh-pahy-ruh s] /pəˈpaɪ rəs/
noun, plural papyri
[puh-pahy-rahy, -ree] /pəˈpaɪ raɪ, -ri/ (Show IPA), papyruses.
a tall, aquatic plant, Cyperus papyrus, of the sedge family, native to the Nile valley: the Egyptian subspecies, C. papyrus hadidii, thought to be common in ancient times, now occurs only in several sites.
a material on which to write, prepared from thin strips of the pith of this plant laid together, soaked, pressed, and dried, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.
an ancient document, manuscript, or scroll written on this material.
noun (pl) -ri (-raɪ), -ruses
a tall aquatic cyperaceous plant, Cyperus papyrus, of S Europe and N and central Africa with small green-stalked flowers arranged like umbrella spokes around the stem top
a kind of paper made from the stem pith of this plant, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans
an ancient document written on this paper
late 14c., from Latin papyrus “the paper plant, paper made from it,” from Greek papyros “any plant of the paper plant genus,” said to be of Egyptian origin. Proper plural is papyri.
[pahr] /pɑr/ noun 1. an equality in value or standing; a level of equality: The gains and the losses are on a par. 2. an average, usual, or normal amount, degree, quality, condition, standard, or the like: above par; to feel below par. 3. Golf. the number of strokes set as a standard for a […]
[pah-rah, pahr-ah] /pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ/ noun, plural paras, para. 1. a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster. [pah-rah, pahr-ah] /pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ/ noun, plural paras, para. 1. [par-uh] /ˈpær ə/ adjective, Chemistry. 1. pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 4) in the benzene ring that are separated by two […]
- Para-aminobenzoic acid
[par-uh-uh-mee-noh-ben-zoh-ik, -am-uh-noh-] /ˈpær ə əˌmi noʊ bɛnˈzoʊ ɪk, -ˌæm ə noʊ-/ noun, Chemistry, Biochemistry. 1. part of the folic acid molecule, a white or yellowish, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C 7 H 7 NO 2 , the para isomer of aminobenzoic acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes and pharmaceuticals and in sunscreens to […]
- Para-aminohippuric acid
para-aminohippuric acid par·a-a·mi·no·hip·pu·ric acid (pār’ə-ə-mē’nō-hə-pyur’ĭk) n. Abbr. PAH The glycine amide of para-aminobenzoic acid used in renal function tests.