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Meaning of taurobolium

tau•ro•bo•li•um

Pronunciation: (tôr"u-bō'lē-um), [key]
— pl. -li•a
  1. the sacrifice of a bull, followed by the baptism of neophytes in the blood, as practiced in the ancient rites of Mithras or Cybele.
  2. a representation of the killing of a bull, as in Mithraic art.
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