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moloch 1

Line breaks: mo¦loch
Pronunciation: /ˈməʊlɒk/

noun

A harmless spiny lizard of grotesque appearance which feeds chiefly on ants, found in arid inland Australia. Also called mountain devil, thorny devil.
  • Moloch horridus, family Agamidae

Origin

From Moloch.

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Moloch 2 Line breaks: Mo¦loch
Pronunciation: /ˈməʊlɒk/
1A Canaanite idol to whom children were sacrificed.
1.1 (as noun a Moloch) A person or thing to which extreme or terrible sacrifices were made.
Example sentences
  • The spelling reform is a Moloch in the days of empty coffers, which will cost everyone a huge amount.
  • There is no excuse for any parent who would knowingly sacrifice his son or daughter to the fires of this Moloch, no excuse for wittingly allowing a child to remain within the system for one day longer than necessary!

Origin

Via late Latin from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew mōleḵ.

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