MEANING: noun: Someone or something to which extreme sacrifices are made.

ETYMOLOGY: After Moloch, a Canaanite god of the Bible, associated with the practice of child sacrifice. From Latin Moloch, from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew Molekh, from melekh (king). Earliest documented use: 1615. Moloch has turned into a verb as well: molochize.

G.M.O. LOCH - a secluded lake in Scotland where research on genetically-modified marine plants is conducted

MORLOCH - the bad guys in H.G.Wells' The Dundee Time Machine

MO BLOCH - little-known brother of Henry and Richard, the accountants