|1.||great destruction or loss of life or the source of such destruction, esp fire|
|2.||(usually capital) the Churban, Also called the Shoah the mass murder of Jews and members of many other ethnic, social, and political groups in continental Europe between 1940 and 1945 by the Nazi regime|
|3.||a rare word for burnt offering|
|[C13: from Late Latin holocaustum whole burnt offering, from Greek holokauston, from |
|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
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