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 1510–20, orc is from the Latin word orca

Definition for orc (2 of 2)

O.R.C.

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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