The term papyrus was adopted into the European languages via the Greek πάπυρος/pápyros, lat. papyrus, and ultimately is the source of the modern terms for paper, Papier, papier, etc. Papyrus is hypothetically derived from an (unattested) Egyptian *pa-prro ('that of the king'). Papyrus, an aquatic plant with a long stem and a triangular cross-section (Cyperus papyrus L.), was in its processed form a widespread writing material ('paper') in the ancient cultures of the Medi…
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Quack, Joachim (Berlin),
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