[hek-uh-tohm, -toom] /ˈhɛk əˌtoʊm, -ˌtum/
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a public sacrifice of 100 oxen to the gods.
any great slaughter:
the hecatombs of modern wars.
(in ancient Greece or Rome) any great public sacrifice and feast, originally one in which 100 oxen were sacrificed
a great sacrifice
1590s, from Greek hekatombe “offering of 100 oxen,” but generally “a great public sacrifice,” from hekaton “one hundred” (perhaps from hen, neuter of eis “one” + *katon “hundred”) + bous “ox.” The first month of the Attic calendar (corresponding to July-August) was Hekatombaion, in which sacrifices were made.
[Sephardic Hebrew hekh-sher; Ashkenazic Hebrew hekh-shuh r; English hek-sher] /Sephardic Hebrew hɛxˈʃɛr; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈhɛx ʃər; English ˈhɛk ʃər/ noun, plural hechsherim [Sephardic Hebrew hekh-she-reem; Ashkenazic Hebrew hekh-shey-rim] /Sephardic Hebrew hɛx ʃɛˈrim; Ashkenazic Hebrew hɛxˈʃeɪ rɪm/ (Show IPA). English, hechshers. Hebrew. 1. rabbinical approval of meats and other foods that comply with the ritual requirements […]
[hek] /hɛk/ interjection 1. (used as a mild expression of annoyance, rejection, disgust, etc.): What the heck do you care? noun 2. something remarkable of its kind (usually used in the phrase heck of a): That was a heck of an impressive speech. Have one heck of a good time. Idioms 3. as heck, (used […]
/ˈhɛkəlˌfəʊn/ noun 1. (music) a type of bass oboe
[hek-uh l] /ˈhɛk əl/ verb (used with object), heckled, heckling. 1. to harass (a public speaker, performer, etc.) with impertinent questions, gibes, or the like; badger. 2. 1 (def 7). noun 3. 1 (def 5). /ˈhɛkəl/ verb 1. to interrupt (a public speaker, performer, etc) by comments, questions, or taunts 2. (transitive) Also hackle, hatchel. […]