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orc

(ɔːk) or

orca

n
(Animals) any of various whales, such as the killer and grampus
[C16: via Latin orca, perhaps from Greek orux whale]

orc

(ɔːk)
n
(European Myth & Legend) one of an imaginary race of evil goblins, esp in the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien
[probably from Italian orco man-eating giant]
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At a police station in Los Angeles, human police officer Daryl Ward is forcefully partnered up with the first Orkish police officer.
As the power of Beowulf's superhuman grip allows the hero to tear Grendel's arm from his shoulder socket, so the power of Gollum's supernatural grip (and his Orkish fangs) allows the anti-hero to sever the Hobbit's finger and claim the One Ring that encircles it.
But at least one genuine Magol word made it into The Hobbit itself in an Orkish usage: bolg "strong," used by Tolkien as a name for one of great Goblins of the North.