Moloch

noun
Mo·loch | \ˈmä-lək, ˈmō-ˌläk \

Definition of Moloch 

: a Semitic god to whom children were sacrificed

First Known Use of Moloch

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Moloch

Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew Mōlekh

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