taurobolium [tawr-uh-boh-lee-uh m] /ˌtɔr əˈboʊ li əm/ Show IPA
, pluraltaurobolia [-lee-uh] /-li ə/ Show IPA
the sacrifice of a bull, followed by the baptism of neophytes in the blood, as practiced in the ancient rites of Mithras or Cybele.
Fine Arts. a representation of the killing of a bull, as in Mithraic art.
1690–1700; < Late Latin < Greek taurobólion, equivalent to tauroból(os) bull sacrifice (taûro(s) bull + bólos a cast, throw, akin to bolḗ a wound, bállein to throw) + -ion diminutive suffix