Definition of discobolus in English:


Line breaks: disc|ob¦olus
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskɒbələs

noun (plural discoboli /-lʌɪ/)

  • A discus-thrower in ancient Greece.
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    • Born in Boeotia, he was active in Athens, and so is accounted an Athenian sculptor. Of his works, the most famous was a Discobolus.
    • He also produced two ideal statues, "Hope," and a discobolus.
    • The design contains an ancient statue depicting a discobolus in his attempt to throw the discus and the five Olympic circles.


early 18th century: via Latin from Greek diskobolos, from diskos 'discus' + -bolos '-throwing' (from ballein 'to throw').

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