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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A dense flower cluster (as of the lilac or horse chestnut) in which the main axis is racemose and the branches are cymose.

Usage examples (10)
  • Grendel is referred to once in Beowulf as ‘thyrse’, line 426.
  • The Old English word ‘thyrse’ or ‘thurse’ is obsolete in modern English but occasionally appears in place names, e.g.
  • Myrct er uti, mal qvedth ec ocr fara uerig fioell yfir thyrse a thioed yfir badthir vidth komonc, edtha badthir tecr sa inn amatki ioetunn.
  • It presumably influenced word choice in the original, since the poet uses a variety of words e.g. eoten, thyrse to refer to Grendel, so they were presumably sufficiently... for more
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