tau·​ro·​ka·​thap·​sia | \ ˌtȯrəkəˈthapsēə\

Definition of taurokathapsia

: an ancient Cretan sport in which a performer grasps the horns of a bull and somersaults over him

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History and Etymology for taurokathapsia

Greek, from tauros + kathaptos (verbal of kathaptein to fasten upon, attack, from kata- cata- + haptein to fasten) + -ia -y

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