killer whale

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killer whale

See orca.

killer whale

(Animals) a predatory black-and-white toothed whale, Orcinus orca, with a large erect dorsal fin, most common in cold seas: family Delphinidae. Also called: killer, grampus or orc

kill′er whale′

a large, predatory, black-and-white dolphin, Orcinus orca.

kill·er whale

See orca.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.killer whale - predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal finkiller whale - predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas
dolphin - any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises
genus Orcinus, Orcinus - killer whales
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killer whale



(weil) noun
a type of very large mammal that lives in the sea.
killer whale noun
a black and white whale.
ˈwhalebone noun, adjective
(of) a light bendable substance got from the upper jaw of certain whales.
whale oil
oil obtained from the fatty parts of a whale.
have a whale of a time
to enjoy oneself very much.
References in classic literature ?
You look as though you had been fighting with the Killer Whale.
Now and then he would see a thin fin, like a big shark's fin, drifting along close to shore, and he knew that that was the Killer Whale, the Grampus, who eats young seals when he can get them; and Kotick would head for the beach like an arrow, and the fin would jig off slowly, as if it were looking for nothing at all.
The Killer Whale himself could not have cut them up worse.
You mustn't swim till you're six weeks old, Or your head will be sunk by your heels; And summer gales and Killer Whales Are bad for baby seals.
The goals of our study were 1) to determine whether the eastern Aleutian Islands are also home to the three lineages and ecotypes of killer whales that have been identified elsewhere in the northeastern Pacific; 2) to derive estimates of killer whale numbers for this region; and 3) to document the behaviour of killer whales foraging on marine mammals.
SEAWORLD Orlando has launched a new killer whale production, the most ambitious entertainment project in its history.
And yet, possessing the rudiments of the faculty, we can begin to guess at how its refinement feels to a killer whale.
Killer Whale Shows to Continue During Construction at Shamu Stadium Venues in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio
A KILLER whale has been sighted in waters off the coast of Wales.
The study, "Comparisons of life-history parameters between free-ranging and captive killer whale (Orcinus orca) populations for application toward species management," compares current published data for survival and reproductive activity of known-age Pacific Northwest killer whales since 1975 with the life history of killer whales in SeaWorld's care.