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orc \orc\ ([^o]rk), n. [L. orca, a kind of whale: cf. F. orque.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any of several cetaceans, especialy the grampus ( Grampus griseus) of the dolphin family. [Written also ork and orch.]

    An island salt and bare, The haunt of seals, and orcs, and sea-mews' clang.
    --Milton (Par. Lost xi. 835).

  2. (Mythology) A mythical monster of varying descriptions; an ogre.

    Goblins, hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description.
    --J. J. Tolkien (The Hobbit)

  3. The orca.

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There was no flint or iron, but I made fire and, holding the t orch before me, went slowly inside.