Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of orca.

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Examples

  • The orcas were their best defense-assuming they would actually interfere with an assault by their larger cousins.

    Cachalot

  • Although killer whales - otherwise known as orcas - had already been recorded hunting in this way, Dr Pitman said that "to see footage of it in action like that is totally unprecedented".

    BBC News - Home

  • The whales, also known as orcas, swam about 30 miles up the Nushagak River to a spot just downriver from the village of Ekwok.

    The Seattle Times

  • Killer whales, also known as orcas, were given their menacing names by fishermen who saw them forming packs to attack whales, even ones as big as grays.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • Other factors threatening the orcas are a shortage of chinook salmon and water pollution, the agency says.

    The Seattle Times

  • With powerful bodies, sharp minds, and the ability to work together like packs of wolves, killer whales, also called orcas, can hunt down and largest creature to ever live, the blue whale.

    Livescience.com

  • (04/25/2010) Using genetic evidence scientists have discovered that the world's killer whales, also known as orcas (Orcinus orca), likely represent at least three separate species.

    Mongabay.com News

  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They may all look similar, but killer whales, also known as orcas, include several distinct species, according to genetic evidence published on Thursday.

    Scientific American

  • Killer whales, also called orcas, are the largest members of the dolphin family.

    American Chronicle

  • Washington - They may all look similar, but killer whales, also known as orcas, include several distinct species, according to genetic evidence published on Thursday.

    News24 Top Stories

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