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orca

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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːkə
 
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Definition of orca in English:

noun

Another term for killer whale.
Example sentences
  • Since 1976, whale expert Ken Balcomb has led what is perhaps the longest running study on killer whales, or orcas.
  • If you look at dolphins, orcas, and blue whales, all fully aquatic animals, you would have a hard time imagining them walking on land.
  • That forced orcas, or killer whales, which normally feed on seals and sea lions, to approach the coast and eat the sea otters.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin, denoting a kind of whale.

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