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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
orc \orc\ ([^o]rk), n. [L. orca, a kind of whale: cf. F. orque.] 1. (Zool.) Any of several cetaceans, especialy the grampus (Grampus griseus) of the dolphin family. [Written also ork and orch.] --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [PJC] Goblins, hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description. --J. J. Tolkien (The Hobbit) 3. The orca. [PJC]