orc

[ awrk ]
/ ɔrk /

noun

any of several cetaceans, as a grampus.
a mythical monster, as an ogre.

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Origin of orc

First recorded in 1520–30; partly from Middle French orque, a kind of whale, partly from Italian orca “large whale, fabulous sea monster,” partly from Latin orca, a kind of whale; see origin at orca; see also Orcus, ogre

Definition for orc (2 of 2)

O.R.C.

abbreviation

Officers' Reserve Corps.
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British Dictionary definitions for orc

orc
/ (ɔːk) /

noun

any of various whales, such as the killer and grampus
one of an imaginary race of evil goblins, esp in the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

Word Origin for orc

C16: via Latin orca, perhaps from Greek orux whale
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