Definition of Orcinus
1. Noun. Killer whales.
Generic synonyms: Mammal Genus
Group relationships: Delphinidae, Family Delphinidae
Member holonyms: Grampus, Killer, Killer Whale, Orca, Orcinus Orca, Sea Wolf
Lexicographical Neighbors of Orcinus
Literary usage of Orcinus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Institutes of Justinian: With English Introduction, Translation and Notes by Thomas Collett Sandars, Emperor of the East Justinian (1917)
"But a slave who receives his liberty directly from the testament becomes the freedman of the testator, and is said to be orcinus; and no one can obtain ..."
2. California Mammals by Frank Stephens (1906)
"Genus Orcinus FITZINGER. (A kind of whale.) Dorsal fin very large and prominent; pectoral fins large, broad, ovate; head conical; rostrum broad, ..."
3. Description of a New Species of Sea Snake from the Philippine Islands: With by John Van Denburgh, Joseph Cheesman Thompson (1908)
"... Synonyms—Orcinus orca; Orcinus ... part; Black Killer; Orca. Range—In the ocean coastwise (Scammon, Marine Mammals, 1874, p. 90). Orcinus ..."
4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The best-known species (Orcinus orea) inhabits all seas. A second species is found in the South Pacific. Others have been described, but their validity is ..."
5. The Institutes: A Textbook of the History and System of Roman Private Law by Rudolf Sohm, Bernhard Erwin Grüber (1907)
"He is accordingly the freed man of a deceased person, namely the testator, and is for that reason called 'libertus orcinus'. ..."