A large-scale sacrifice or slaughter.
A sacrifice to the ancient Greek or Roman gods consisting originally of 100 oxen or cattle.
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.
Any great sacrifice; a great number of people, animals or things, especially as sacrificed or destroyed; a large amount.
Origin of hecatomb
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin hecatombē, from Ancient Greek ἑκατόμβη (hekatombē), from ἑκατόν (hekaton, “hundred”) + βοῦς (bous, “ox”).