Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Papy’ra.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The goddess of printing; so called from papy’rus, the Nile-reed, from which at one time paper was made, and from which it borrows its name.   1
“Till to astonished realms Papyra taught
To paint in mystic colours sound and thought,
With Wisdom’s voice to print the page sublime,
And mark in adamant the steps of Time.”
Darwin: Loves of the Plants, canto ii



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