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killer whale

any of several predatory dolphins, especially the black-and-white Orcinus orca, found in all seas.
Origin of killer whale
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is through this story that the Daqlawe clan have the killer whale crest.

  • The killer whale was often used as a family emblem or crest and as a source from which personal names were derived.

  • Nearby was a great dark blur which he recognized as the killer whale that had struck him down.

    Seed of the Arctic Ice H. G. Winter
  • He twisted his head back and saw the carcass of the killer whale he had slain being guided up to the entrance and shoved through.

    Seed of the Arctic Ice H. G. Winter
  • When they reached the shore, there was not the Skana, the killer whale, but a man cooking some food.

  • Then a killer whale kept near the canoe and the young men threw stones at it.

  • The killer whale which always swims ahead is the red killer whale, called the “killer whale spear” because it is long and slender.

British Dictionary definitions for killer whale

killer whale

a predatory black-and-white toothed whale, Orcinus orca, with a large erect dorsal fin, most common in cold seas: family Delphinidae Also called killer, grampus, orc
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