from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lizard (Moloch horridus) of the deserts and plains of central and southern Australia, having a head and back covered with large spiny scales.
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- n. Moloch horridus, an Australian lizard thought to be the sole member of the genus Moloch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chief god of the Phenicians, frequently mentioned in Scripture as the god of the Ammonites, whose worship consisted chiefly of human sacrifices, ordeals by fire, mutilation, etc.: also identified with the god of the Carthaginians called by classical writers Kronos or Saturn.
- n. [NL.] The typical genus of Molochinæ.
- n. [lowercase] A lizard of this genus: as, the spiny moloch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any lizard of the genus Moloch
- n. a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice
- n. god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children
The squirrel monkey with naked ears (Saimiri ustus) and dusty titi (Callicebus moloch) are endemic to the south-central Amazon.
The tiny titi monkey (Callicebus moloch) also occurs here, and the gray-necked night monkey (Aotus infulatus) and spider monkey (Ateles marginatus) are endemic to this and the interfluve to the east.
Of the primates, the endemic species Javan gibbon Hylobates moloch (CR) and Javan leaf monkey Presbytis comata (EN) occur locally along with the endemic silvered leaf monkey P. cristata, while crab-eating macaque Macaca fascicularis (LR) is found throughout the park.
Using such words as “catenae” (connected series), “timeous” (early), “moloch” (an object of sacrifice), and “corban” (an offering to God), Madame railed at the ethics of the press, which she continued to accuse of underplaying the dangers of communism.
Eight primates are found here including the bearded saki (Chiropotes albinasus), red-handed tamarin (Saguinus midas), and tiny titi monkey (Callicebus moloch), which is found in few other places.
Of the latter, the Javan or surili leaf monkey (Presbytis comata) and the Javan gibbon (Hylobates moloch) are the most endangered primates in Indonesia.
The Javan gibbon (Hylobates moloch) is also critically endangered.
January 28, 2008 at 7:47 pm moloch be weepin? braek out teh ginsberg!
What a worse than moloch deity is that, which expects an offering of reason, duty, and discretion, to be made to its shrine!
Indeed, if it were only on this account, the national education of women is of the utmost consequence, for what a number of human sacrifices are made to that moloch prejudice!
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