taurobolium

noun tau·ro·bo·li·um \ˌtȯrəˈbōlēəm\
variants: less commonly

tauroboly

\tȯˈräbəlē\

Definition of taurobolium

plural

taurobolia

\-ˈbōlēə\ also

taurobolies

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of taurobolium

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


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