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  1. the killer whale, Orcinus orca.
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Origin of orca

1865–70; < New Latin, Latin; see orc
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Related Words for orca

mammal, porpoise, whale, grampus, dolphin, beluga, orca, whopper, cetacean, baleen, finback, rorqual, narwhal, cete, ceta, orc, sei

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British Dictionary definitions for orca


noun plural orcas or orca
  1. a killer whale
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Word Origin for orca

C20: Latin
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Word Origin and History for orca


"killer whale," introduced as a generic term for the species by 1841, from earlier use in scientific names, from Latin orca "cetacean, a kind of whale." Earlier in English, orc, ork "large whale" (c.1590), from French orque, had been used vaguely of sea monsters (see orc).

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