Definition of moloch in English:

moloch

noun

  • A harmless spiny lizard of grotesque appearance which feeds chiefly on ants, found in arid inland Australia.

Origin

From Moloch.

Pronunciation:

moloch

/ˈməʊlɒk/

Definition of Moloch in English:

Moloch

proper noun

  • 1A Canaanite idol to whom children were sacrificed.

    1. 1.1A person or thing to which extreme or terrible sacrifices were made.
      • ‘There is no excuse for any parent who would knowingly sacrifice his son or daughter to the fires of this Moloch, no excuse for wittingly allowing a child to remain within the system for one day longer than necessary!’
      • ‘The spelling reform is a Moloch in the days of empty coffers, which will cost everyone a huge amount.’

Origin

Via late Latin from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew mōleḵ.

Pronunciation:

Moloch

/ˈməʊlɒk/