- a spiny, brownish, ant-eating Australian lizard (Moloch horridus) similar to a horned toad but of another family (Agamidae)
- In the Bible, the god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom children were sacrificed.
- Something possessing the power to exact severe sacrifice.
Origin of MolochLate Latin Moloch, from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew Mōlek, of Canaanite origin; see mlk in Semitic roots.
Ammonite god, worshipped by Canaanites and Phoenicians, who demanded child-sacrifice. Mentioned in Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
From the Proto-Semitic *malk- (“king").