- the killer whale, Orcinus orca.
Origin of orca
Related Words for orcamammal, porpoise, whale, grampus, dolphin, beluga, orca, whopper, cetacean, baleen, finback, rorqual, narwhal, cete, ceta, orc, sei
Examples from the Web for orca
Contemporary Examples of orca
Why did Tilikum, the highly intelligent, 12,000 pound Orca, kill his trainer?‘Blackfish’ Director: Killer Whales Don’t Belong in Captivity
October 24, 2013
But he's right to assert the GOP's problem is deeper than ORCA and social media.GOP Revival Requires More than Hashtags
February 25, 2013
But one new fashion site uses just that—an orca whale—to model its clothes.Fashion’s a Zoo: Meet ‘Wear This to That’
January 10, 2013
But on Tuesday, it became clear that the deployment of Orca was doing more harm than good.
Ekdahl first published his critique of Orca on the conservative website Ace of Spades.
Historical Examples of orca
Orcellus is a diminutive meaning a small cask; from orca, a cask.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
"Here be no girls, Messer del' Orca," I answered him in the same tone.
Messer Ramiro del' Orca should account to me for this vile deed.
Ramiro del' Orca is a traitor who is plotting the death of his overlord.
I was inclined to the belief that this species was the orca, a whale-killing fish.Tales of Fishes
- a killer whale
Word Origin for orca
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).