- in ancient Greece, any great sacrifice to the gods; specif., the slaughter of one hundred cattle at one time
- any large-scale sacrifice or slaughter
Origin of hecatombClassical Latin hecatombe from Classical Greek hekatomb? from hekaton, hundred + bous, ox: see cow
- A large-scale sacrifice or slaughter.
- A sacrifice to the ancient Greek or Roman gods consisting originally of 100 oxen or cattle.
Origin of hecatombLatin hecatombē from Greek hekatombē hekaton hundred ; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots. -bē oxen ; see gwou- in Indo-European roots.
- (historical) In ancient Greece or Rome, a great feast and public sacrifice to the gods, originally of a hundred oxen.
- Any great sacrifice; a great number of people, animals or things, especially as sacrificed or destroyed; a large amount.
From Latin hecatombē, from Ancient Greek ἑκατόμβη (hekatombē), from ἑκατόν (hekaton, “hundred”) + βοῦς (bous, “ox”).