From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Discus \Dis"cus\, n.; pl. E. Discuses, L. Disci. [L. See
      (a) A quoit; a circular plate of some heavy material
          intended to be pitched or hurled as a trial of
          strength and skill.
      (b) The exercise with the discus.
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   Note: This among the Greeks was one of the chief gymnastic
         exercises and was included in the Pentathlon (the
         contest of the five exercises). The chief contest was
         that of throwing the discus to the greatest possible
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   2. A disk. See Disk.
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