hecatomb

noun hec·a·tomb \ 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

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Origin and Etymology of hecatomb

Latin hecatombe, from Greek hekatombē, from hekaton hundred + -bē; akin to Greek bous cow — more at hundred, cow


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