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He escorted Chryseis on board and sent moreover a hecatomb for the god.

The hunter turns faint, sick, as he contemplates this hecatomb of corpses.

They would first make a hecatomb of their hated foes, and then fall upon it.

Make a hecatomb of the present Hamleys all at once, while you are about it.

Pile up, high as heaven, your hecatomb of victims, offered to the God of love.

Yearly will Charless Bath claim its hecatomb; I know not why.

Consumption had swept a hecatomb of victims from the family.

Before falling, I should make a hecatomb of my cowardly assassins.

I believe, in different climes, I have already sacrificed an hecatomb to my Nemesis, in pursuance of this vow.

Then Cinna, who not long before would have laughed at faith in Hecate, sacrificed a hecatomb to her.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from Greek hekatombe "offering of 100 oxen," but generally "a great public sacrifice," from hekaton "one hundred" (perhaps from hen, neuter of eis "one" + *katon "hundred") + bous "ox." The first month of the Attic calendar (corresponding to July-August) was Hekatombaion, in which sacrifices were made.

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