Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any of several cetaceans, especialy the grampus (Grampus griseus) of the dolphin family.
  • n. A mythical monster of varying descriptions; an ogre.
  • n. The orca.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A marine mammal; some cetacean, perhaps a grampus or killer, or the narwhal. See Orca.

Etymologies

From Middle French orque, Italian orca, and their source, Latin orca ("type of whale"). (Wiktionary)
Probably from Italian orco ("man-eating giant"); later revived by J. R. R. Tolkien, partly after Old English orc ("demon"). (Wiktionary)

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