Hecatomb meaning

hĕkə-tōm
A large-scale sacrifice or slaughter.
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A sacrifice to the ancient Greek or Roman gods consisting originally of 100 oxen or cattle.
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In ancient Greece, any great sacrifice to the gods; specif., the slaughter of one hundred cattle at one time.
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Any large-scale sacrifice or slaughter.
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(historical) In ancient Greece or Rome, a great feast and public sacrifice to the gods, originally of a hundred oxen.
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Any great sacrifice; a great number of people, animals or things, especially as sacrificed or destroyed; a large amount.
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Origin of hecatomb

  • Latin hecatombē from Greek hekatombē hekaton hundred dekm̥ in Indo-European roots -bē oxen gwou- in Indo-European roots

    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”).

    From Wiktionary