Orca Definition

ôrkə
orcas
noun
Webster's New World
A black-and-white toothed whale (Orcinus orca) that feeds on large fish, squid, and marine mammals such as seals and other whales and dolphins.
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Noun

Singular:
orca
Plural:
orcas

Origin of Orca

  • Latin ōrca whale probably alteration (probably influenced by ōrca vessel) of Greek orux orug- pickax, a kind of large fish or whale perhaps from orussein to dig

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin orca (“whale").

    From Wiktionary

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