orc

noun
\ ˈȯ(ə)rk, ˈȯ(ə)k \
plural -s

Definition of orc

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : killer whale also : a sea animal held to resemble it
2 : a mythical creature (as a sea monster, giant, or ogre) of horrid form or aspect

Definition of ORC (Entry 2 of 2)

owner's risk of chafing

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History and Etymology for orc

Noun

Middle French orque, from Latin orca, a whale, probably from Greek oryga, accusative of oryx, a whale

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“Orc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orc. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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