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Definition of ORC

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orc \orc\ ([^o]rk), n. [L. orca, a kind of whale: cf. F. orque.]
     1. (Zool.) Any of several cetaceans, especialy the {grampus} ({Grampus griseus}) of the dolphin family. [Written also {ork} and {orch}.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              An island salt and bare,
              The haunt of seals, and orcs, and sea-mews' clang.
                                                    --Milton (Par. Lost xi. 835).

     2. (Mythology) A mythical monster of varying descriptions; an ogre. [PJC]

              Goblins, hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description.                          --J. J. Tolkien (The Hobbit)

     3. The {orca}.
        [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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