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Hecatomb

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Hécatomb. n.s. [hecatombe, French; ἐκατόμβη.] A sacrifice of an hundred cattle.

                In rich mens homes
I bid kill some beats, but no hecatombs;
None starve, none surfeit so.
Donne.

One of these three is a whole hecatomb,
And therefore only one of them shall die.
Dryden.

    Her triumphant sons in war succeed,
And slaughter'd hecatombs around 'em bleed.
Addison.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Donne, John (44) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: French (385) · Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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