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O.R.C.

Officers' Reserve Corps.
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orc (ɔːk)
 
n
1.  any of various whales, such as the killer and grampus
2.  one of an imaginary race of evil goblins, esp in the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien
 
[C16: via Latin orca, perhaps from Greek orux whale]

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orc
"ogre, devouring monster," O.E. orcþyrs, orcneas (pl.), perhaps from a Romanic source akin to ogre, and ult. from L. Orcus "Hell," a word of unknown origin. Revived by J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) as the name of a brutal race in Middle Earth.
"But Orcs and Trolls spoke as they would, without love of words or things; and their language was actually more degraded and filthy than I have shown it." ["Return of the King," 1955]
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orc

a mythical creature (such as a sea monster, a giant, or an ogre) of horrid form or aspect.

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