criobolium

noun
cri·​o·​bo·​li·​um | \ ˌkrīəˈbōlēəm \
variants: or less commonly crioboly \ krīˈäbəlē \
plural criobolia\ -​lēə \ also criobolies

Definition of criobolium

: 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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History and Etymology for criobolium

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

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“Criobolium.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criobolium. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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