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orca

[ awr-kuh ]
/ ˈɔr kə /
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noun
the killer whale, Orcinus orca.
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Origin of orca

First recorded in 1650–60; from New Latin, former taxonomic name, from Latin, a kind of whale, perhaps a grampus, from Greek óryga (accusative of óryx ), a kind of large fish, perhaps a narwhal. The g became c under the influence of Latin orca, a kind of large earthenware vessel with a narrow neck; see orc
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British Dictionary definitions for orca

orca
/ (ˈɔːkə) /

noun plural orcas or orca
a killer whale

Word Origin for orca

C20: Latin
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