/hek"euh tohm', -toohm'/, 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.
[1585-95; < L hecatombe < Gk hekatómbe < *hekatombwa, equiv. to hékaton one hundred + *-bwa, taken to be a deriv. of boûs ox (see COW1)]

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