tau·​ro·​bo·​li·​um | \ ˌtȯrəˈbōlēəm \
variants: or less commonly tauroboly \ tȯˈräbəlē \
plural taurobolia\ -​ˈbōlēə \ also taurobolies

Definition of taurobolium

: 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

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History and Etymology for taurobolium

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 29 Sep. 2020.

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