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Hec"a*tomb (?), n. [L. hecatombe, Gr. ; hundred + ox: cf. F. h'ecatombe.] Antiq.

A sacrifice of a hundred oxen or cattle at the same time; hence, the sacrifice or slaughter of any large number of victims.

Slaughtered hecatombs around them bleed. Addison.

More than a human hecatomb. Byron.


© Webster 1913.

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