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[awrk] /ɔrk/
noun
1.
any of several cetaceans, as a grampus.
2.
a mythical monster, as an ogre.
Origin
1510-1520
1510-20; < Latin orca

O.R.C.

1.
Officers' Reserve Corps.
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British Dictionary definitions for orc

orc

/ɔːk/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: via Latin orca, perhaps from Greek orux whale
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Word Origin and History for orc
n.

"ogre, devouring monster," Old English orcþyrs, orcneas (plural), perhaps from a Romanic source akin to ogre, and ultimately from Latin 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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ork

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An orchestra (1936+)


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Encyclopedia Article for orc

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

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