Anywho, today's word is:
What It Means
The killing of one hundred animals or people for either sacrifice or slaughter. Hecatomb, like decimate, is a word for killing involving the number to be killed, but has now come to mean a more general slaughter of many people.
Greek hekatombe, from hekaton, meaning 'one hundred' and bous, 'ox.'
The Czar ordered a hecatomb of oxen to be prepared before his armies launched. Many felt it was a waste of good cattle, but it would appease the Gods and guarantee his victory! Plus, barbeque!