Orca ater
Killer Kill"er, n. 1. One who deprives of life; one who, or that which, kills. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A voracious, toothed whale of the genus {Orca}, of which several species are known; called also {killer whale}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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