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hecatomb


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hecatomb  \Hec"a*tomb\,  n.  [L.  hecatombe,  Gr  ?;  ?  hundred  +  ? 
  ox:  cf  F.  h['e]catombe.]  (Antiq.) 
  A  sacrifice  of  a  hundred  oxen  or  cattle  at  the  same  time; 
  hence  the  sacrifice  or  slaughter  of  any  large  number  of 
  victims. 
 
  Slaughtered  hecatombs  around  them  bleed.  --Addison. 
 
  More  than  a  human  hecatomb.  --Byron. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hecatomb 
  n  :  a  great  sacrifice;  an  ancient  Greek  or  Roman  sacrifice  of 
  100  oxen 




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