killer


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Killer \Kill"er\, n.
   1. One who deprives of life; one who, or that which, kills.
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   2. (Zool.) A voracious, toothed whale of the genus Orca, of
      which several species are known; called also {killer
      whale}.
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   Note: The killers have a high dorsal fin, and powerful jaws
         armed with large, sharp teeth. They capture, and
         swallow entire, large numbers of seals, porpoises, and
         dolphins, and are celebrated for their savage, combined
         attacks upon the right whales, which they are said to
         mutilate and kill. The common Atlantic species ({Orca
         gladiator}), is found both on the European and the
         American coast. Two species (Orca ater and {Orca
         rectipinna}) occur on the Pacific coast.
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