variants or less commonly tauroboly
plural taurobolia
also taurobolies
: a ceremony in the cult of certain Mediterranean deities (as Cybele and Mithras) in which worshipers were baptized with the blood of a sacrificed bull compare criobolium

Word History


Late Latin taurobolium, from Greek taurobolion, from tauros bull + -bolion (from ballein to throw)

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“Taurobolium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taurobolium. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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