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Origin and Meaning of Papyrus

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  • A user from California, United States says the name Papyrus is of Egyptian origin and means "Paper".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pa*py"rus
  1. [Bot] A tall rushlike plant (Cyperus Papyrus) of the Sedge family, formerly growing in Egypt, and now found in Abyssinia, Syria, Sicily, etc. The stem is triangular and about an inch thick.
  2. The material upon which the ancient Egyptians wrote. It was formed by cutting the stem of the plant into thin longitudinal slices, which were gummed together and pressed.
  3. A manuscript written on papyrus; esp., pl., written scrolls made of papyrus; as, the papyri of Egypt or Herculaneum.

Etymology: L., fr. Gr. pa`pyros. See Paper

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  1. A document written on papyrus
  2. Tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times
  3. Paper made from the papyrus plant by cutting it in strips and pressing it flat; used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks and Romans

From Latin papȳrus, from Ancient Greek πάπυρος (pápuros), of unknown origin.

  1. (usually uncountable) A plant in the sedge family, Cyperus papyrus, native to the Nile river valley.
  2. (usually uncountable) A material similar to paper made from the papyrus plant.
  3. (countable) A scroll or document written on papyrus.

papyrus was also found in the following language(s): Finnish and Latin

Fun Facts about the name Papyrus

  • How unique is the name Papyrus? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Papyrus was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Papyrus: Your name in reverse order is Surypap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sayrpup. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Papyrus born Feb 1, 1927

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central England approximately on 900. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.