Definitions for: Killer

[n] predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas
[n] a difficulty that is hard to deal with; "that exam was a real killer"
[n] someone who causes the death of a person or animal
[n] the causal agent resulting in death; "heart disease is the biggest killer in the United States"

Webster (1913) Definition: Kill"er, n.
1. One who deprives of life; one who, or that which, kills.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A voracious, toothed whale of the genus Orca,
of which several species are known.

Note: The killers have a high dorsal fin, and powerful jaws
armed with large, sharp teeth. They capture, and
swallow entire, large numbers of seals, porpoises, and
dolphins, and are celebrated for their savage, combined
attacks upon the right whales, which they are said to
mutilate and kill. The common Atlantic species ({Orca
gladiator}), is found both on the European and the
American coast. Two species (Orca ater and {O.
rectipinna}) occur on the Pacific coast.

Synonyms: cause of death, grampus, killer whale, orca, Orcinus orca, sea wolf, slayer

See Also: causal agency, causal agent, cause, choker, difficulty, dolphin, eradicator, executioner, exterminator, felo-de-se, garroter, garrotter, genus Orcinus, human, individual, liquidator, manslayer, mortal, murderer, Orcinus, person, poisoner, public executioner, regicide, somebody, someone, soul, strangler, suicide, terminator, throttler

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