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In ancient Greece or Rome, a great public sacrifice, originally of a hundred oxen; figuratively, an extensive loss of life for some cause. The word comes (in the late 16th century, via Latin) from Greek hekatombē (from hekaton ‘hundred’ + bous ‘ox’).

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