criobolium

noun cri·o·bo·li·um \ˌkrīəˈbōlēəm\
variants: less commonly

crioboly

\krīˈäbəlē\

Definition of criobolium

plural

criobolia

\-lēə\ also

criobolies

  1. :  a ceremony in the cult of certain Mediterranean deities (as Cybele and Attis) in which a ram was sacrificed so that the blood fell on the devotee — compare taurobolium

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Origin and Etymology of criobolium

Late Latin criobolium, from Late Greek kriobolion, from Greek krios ram + -bolion (from Greek ballein to throw); akin to Latin cornu horn — more at horn, devil


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