A plant which flourished near the delta of the Nile in Egypt (Job 8: 11), used for making writing material. The stem was cut into sections, split open, and sliced into strips which were then laid flat and a second layer superimposed crossways before the sheets were pressed together. Sheets could be stuck together to form a roll, or (by the 2nd cent. CE) a codex (a book with pages). Documents made of papyri survived well in the dry climate of Egypt, and fragments of the Greek Bible written in the 2nd cent. CE have been found.