See also: moloch
- (genus): Reptilia - class; Eureptilia, Romeriida - clades; Diapsida - subclass; Lepidosauromorpha - infraclass; Lepidosauria - superorder; Squamata - order; Sauria - suborder; Iguania - infraorder; Agamidae - family; Amphibolurinae – subfamily
- (genus): Moloch horridus – sole known species
- An ancient Ammonite deity worshiped by the Canaanites, Phoenician and related cultures in North Africa and the Levant.
- (figuratively) A person or thing demanding or requiring a very costly sacrifice.
1857 November, “The Present Panic”, in Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, volume XXIV, Edinburgh: William Tait, OCLC 1607056, page 644:
- They [bankers] would do what has been done by the Bank of France—buy bullion at a premium, on the approach of danger, and keep peril at a safe and respectable distance. Any expenditure that might be incurred for that purpose would be small indeed when contrasted with the immense loss and suffering caused by the present system, and the continual fear in which the public now live of some new crisis—because it has been out of one and into another for a long period now; and that will be the case hereafter, until we have no interval to gather strength, and recruit for the next struggle with Mammon, or Moloch, or whatever other name of evil import belongs to the "Tutelarity" of Lombard-street and its precincts.
Declension of Moloch