discus

[ dis-kuhs ]
/ ˈdɪs kəs /

noun, plural dis·cus·es, dis·ci [dis-ahy]. /ˈdɪs aɪ/.

a circular disk more than 7 inches (18 centimeters) in diameter and 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) in weight, usually wooden with a metal rim and thicker in the center than at the edge, for throwing for distance in athletic competition.
the sport of throwing this disk for distance.

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Origin of discus

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin, from Greek dískos “a quoit, discus, disk,” derivative of diskeîn “to throw”

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH discus

discus , discuss.
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British Dictionary definitions for discus

discus
/ (ˈdɪskəs) /

noun plural discuses or disci (ˈdɪskaɪ)

(originally) a circular stone or plate used in throwing competitions by the ancient Greeks
athletics
  1. a similar disc-shaped object with a heavy middle thrown by athletes
  2. (as modifier)a discus thrower
the discus the event or sport of throwing the discus
a South American cichlid fish, Symphysodon discus, that has a compressed coloured body and is a popular aquarium fish

Word Origin for discus

C17: from Latin, from Greek diskos from dikein to throw
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Medical definitions for discus

discus
[ dĭskəs ]

n. pl. dis•ci (dĭskī′, dĭsī′)

A flat circular surface; a disk.
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