from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A black and white predatory whale (Orcinus orca) that feeds on large fish, squid, and sometimes dolphins and seals. Also called orca.

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  • n. A sea mammal related to dolphins and porpoises.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. see killer{2}.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas


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  • I saw it on the Planet Earth series or possibly Blue Planet (David Attenborough's mournful commentary, at any rate). I'll rifle through my files and try and get the exact episode.

    July 3, 2009

  • link?

    July 3, 2009

  • there is footage of a couple of these playing tail volleyball with a half-dead sea lion cub for about half an hour.

    July 3, 2009