- any of several cetaceans, as a grampus.
- a mythical monster, as an ogre.
Origin of orc
- Officers' Reserve Corps.
Related Words for orcmammal, porpoise, whopper, cetacean, grampus, baleen, finback, beluga, rorqual, narwhal, orca, ceta, cete, orc, sei
Examples from the Web for orc
Contemporary Examples of orc
But there will be a little bit of Orc killing to be seen in the extended cut.
There are a few Orc killings that we actually got knocked back.
Historical Examples of orc
The battle with the Orc is borrowed from the tale of Perseus.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
One merely gathers, that Orc releases himself in order to marry the shadowy daughter of Urthona,—Ah!
The prelude is the lament of a nameless shadowy female, who rises from out the breast of Orc.
Orc is heard raging on Mount Atlas, where he is chained down with the chain of jealousy.
But with the dawn of that morning Orc descended in fire, “and in the vineyards of red France appeared the light of his fury.”William Blake
Algernon Charles Swinburne
- 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
Word Origin and History for orc
"ogre, devouring monster," Old English orcþyrs, orcneas (plural), perhaps from a Romanic source akin to ogre, and ultimately from Latin Orcus "Hell," a word of unknown origin. Revived by J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) as the name of a brutal race in Middle Earth.
But Orcs and Trolls spoke as they would, without love of words or things; and their language was actually more degraded and filthy than I have shown it. ["Return of the King," 1955]