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noun (pl) -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(in classical Greece) a discus thrower
a statue of a discus thrower
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from Greek diskobolos, from diskosdiscus + -bolos, from ballein to throw
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Examples from the Web for discobolus
Historical Examples
  • Wan hunder an' forty-nine an' a half—bad luck to ye, discobolus!

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • You are strong enough, certainly, but the art of the discobolus must be learned like any other.

    Homo Sum, Complete Georg Ebers
  • It is so with the statue in our illustration called the discobolus or Disk-thrower.

    Greek Sculpture Estelle M. Hurll
  • But for our golfing suggestion some of the discobolus models serve us better.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • He's god-like to look at; he's got a figure like the discobolus, and the brain of a Dr. Watson.

    What Not Rose Macaulay
  • This is more beautiful and better preserved than the discobolus of the Vatican, of which the head is modern.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The Apollo and the discobolus are engaged in the same purpose—the one watching the effect of his arrow, the other of his discus.

  • discobolus, dis-kob′o-lus, n. 'the disc-thrower,' the name of several famous statues of athletes.

  • discobolus, copy of the bronze statue of Myron—inferior to that at the Palazzo Massimo.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • But there is no evidence to show that that aspiring youth ever produced an Aphrodite or a discobolus.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
Word Origin and History for discobolus

"discus thrower," from Latin, from Greek discobolos, from diskos "quoit, discus" + -bolos "thrower," related to ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).

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