- var. of Molech
- [m-] 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 mlk
Ammonite god, worshipped by Canaanites and Phoenicians, who demanded child-sacrifice. Mentioned in Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
From the Proto-Semitic *malk- (“king").