A harmless spiny lizard of grotesque appearance which feeds chiefly on ants, found in arid inland Australia.
Moloch horridus, family Agamidae
(in the Bible) a Canaanite idol to whom children were sacrificed.
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!’
Via late Latin from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew mōleḵ.