hecatomb


hec·a·tomb

noun \ˈhe-kə-ˌtōm\

Definition of HECATOMB

1
:  an ancient Greek and Roman sacrifice of 100 oxen or cattle
2
:  the sacrifice or slaughter of many victims

Origin of HECATOMB

Latin hecatombe, from Greek hekatombē, from hekaton hundred + -bē; akin to Greek bous cow — more at hundred, cow
First Known Use: circa 1592

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