Definition of moloch in English:

moloch

noun

  • A harmless spiny lizard of grotesque appearance that feeds chiefly on ants and is found in arid inland Australia.

Pronunciation:

moloch

/ˈmōˌläk//ˈmälək/

Definition of Moloch in English:

Moloch

proper noun

  • 1A Canaanite idol to whom children were sacrificed.

    1. 1.1A tyrannical object of sacrifices.
      • ‘The spelling reform is a Moloch in the days of empty coffers, which will cost everyone a huge amount.’
      • ‘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!’

Origin

Via late Latin from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew mōleḵ.

Pronunciation:

Moloch

/ˈmōˌläk//ˈmälək/