killer whale

killer whale
noun Date: 1884 a small gregarious toothed whale (Orcinus orca of the family Delphinidae) that is black with a white ventral side and white oval-shaped patches behind the eyes and attains a length of 20 to 30 feet (6.1 to 9.1 meters) — called also orca

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • killer whale — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Killer whale — Kill er whale , n. see {killer[2]}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • killer whale — killer whales N COUNT A killer whale is a type of black and white whale …   English dictionary

  • killer whale — n a black and white ↑whale that eats meat …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • killer whale — ► NOUN ▪ a large toothed whale with distinctive black and white markings and a prominent dorsal fin …   English terms dictionary

  • killer whale — n. a very large, mostly black dolphin (Orcinus orca) with white patches, that hunts in large packs and preys on large fish, seals, and whales …   English World dictionary

  • Killer whale — Orca redirects here. For other uses, see Orca (disambiguation). Killer whale[1] …   Wikipedia

  • killer whale — any of several predatory dolphins, esp. the black and white Orcinus orca, found in all seas. [1880 85] * * * or orca A species (Orcinus orca) of toothed whale found in all seas from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Largest of the dolphins, the male… …   Universalium

  • killer whale — noun predatory black and white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas • Syn: ↑killer, ↑orca, ↑grampus, ↑sea wolf, ↑Orcinus orca • Hypernyms: ↑dolphin • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • killer whale — daugiapelekis delfinas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Orcinus orca angl. common killer whale; killer whale; orca; sword fish; sword grampus vok. Mörderdelphin; Schwertwal rus. косатка pranc. orque;… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

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