/ (dɪsˈkɒbələs) /

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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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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