NerdFury - Big Daddy (nerdfury) wrote in 1word1day,
NerdFury - Big Daddy

Hey there. Epic soz for missing last week, things were hectic as hell for a few days.

Anywho, today's word is:

Hecatomb [hek'a-toam]

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.

Comes From
Greek hekatombe, from hekaton, meaning 'one hundred' and bous, 'ox.'

Read It
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!
Tags: greek, n, noun, wordsmith: nerdfury

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