One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A discus-thrower in ancient Greece.
- ‘He also produced two ideal statues, "Hope," and a discobolus.’
- ‘The design contains an ancient statue depicting a discobolus in his attempt to throw the discus and the five Olympic circles.’
- ‘To celebrate this year's Olympic Games in Athens, the national obverse will be replaced by a discobolus and the five Olympic rings.’
- ‘Born in Boeotia, he was active in Athens, and so is accounted an Athenian sculptor. Of his works, the most famous was a Discobolus.’
- ‘The twelve stars of the European Union are positioned around the design of an ancient statue depicting a discobolus in his attempt to throw the discus.’
Early 18th century: via Latin from Greek diskobolos, from diskos ‘discus’ + -bolos ‘-throwing’ (from ballein ‘to throw’).
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