noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)

(in classical Greece) a discus thrower
a statue of a discus thrower

Word Origin for discobolus

C18: from Latin, from Greek diskobolos, from diskos discus + -bolos, from ballein to throw
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Examples from the Web for discobolus

Historical Examples of discobolus

  • 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.

  • 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

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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