Word of the Week: Ogre

Ogre is a noun and defined as a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings. First used in the early 1700’s, the term ogre is borrowed from the French word ogre, which derives from the Latin word orcus or “god of the underworld” in English. This term orcus is related to the Ancient Greek term Órkos or “the personified demon of oaths.” 

A current example of a famous ogre is Shrek; however, his behavior is uncommon for the typical ogre. Other famous ogres include Grendel from Beowulf and Polyphemus the Cyclops from Homer’s Odyssey. In the comments below, list any popular ogres you’re familiar with! 

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Sources 
“Ogre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

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