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discus

Line breaks: dis¦cus
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪskəs
 
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Definition of discus in English:

noun (plural discuses)

1A heavy thick-centred disc thrown by an athlete, in ancient Greek games or in modern field events.
Example sentences
  • As far as performance goes, athletes are throwing the discus more than two times farther than the Greeks did, but records aren't falling as steadily as they used to.
  • Now allegedly just as the discus left the athlete's hand, a sort of gale arose and blew it many more metres than was expected.
  • Their goal was to empower them to run faster, jump higher, throw the discus and javelin farther, lift heavier weights, and excel in all power events.
2A small colourful South American freshwater fish with a rounded laterally compressed body, native to South America and popular in aquariums.
  • Genus Symphysodon, family Cichlidae: several species
Example sentences
  • Freshwater angelfish have extended dorsal and anal fins and discus fishes, have compressed, disc-like bodies.
  • Don't place your discus aquarium near a door as all the movement will cause them stress.
  • It has been said that the male discus fish will tend to have a less intense color and more pattern while the female tends to be more colorful but with lesser pattern.

Origin

via Latin from Greek diskos.

Words that rhyme with discus

hibiscus, meniscus, viscous

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