Meaning of hecatomb

hec•a•tomb

Pronunciation: (hek'u-tōm", -tm"), [key]
— n.
  1. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a public sacrifice of 100 oxen to the gods.
  2. any great slaughter: the hecatombs of modern wars.
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