Main definitions of moloch in US English:

: moloch1Moloch2

moloch1

noun

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

    Moloch horridus, family Agamidae

Origin

From Moloch.

Pronunciation

Main definitions of moloch in US English:

: moloch1Moloch2

Moloch2

proper noun

  • 1A Canaanite idol to whom children were sacrificed.

    1. 1.1as noun a Moloch A person or thing to which extreme or terrible sacrifices are made.
      • ‘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