[awr-kuh] /ˈɔr kə/

the killer whale, Orcinus orca.
noun (pl) orcas, orca
a killer whale

“killer whale,” introduced as a generic term for the species by 1841, from earlier use in scientific names, from Latin orca “cetacean, a kind of whale.” Earlier in English, orc, ork “large whale” (c.1590), from French orque, had been used vaguely of sea monsters (see orc).

Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1986. Similar to Modula-2, but with support for distributed programming using shared data objects, like Linda. A ‘graph’ data type removes the need for pointers. Version for the Amoeba OS, comes with Amoeba. “Orca: A Language for Distributed Processing”, H.E. Bal bal@cs.vu.nl et al, SIGPLAN Notices 25(5):17-24 (May 1990).


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