Meaning of Moloch

Mo•loch

Pronunciation: (mō'lok, mol'uk), [key]
— n.
  1. a deity whose worship was marked by the propitiatory sacrifice of children by their own parents. II Kings 23:10; Jer. 32:35.
  2. anything conceived of as requiring appalling sacrifice: the Moloch of war.
  3. (l.c.) a spiny agamid lizard, Moloch horridus, of Australian deserts, that resembles the horned lizard.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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