moray

moray

[mawr-ey, mohr-ey; maw-rey, moh-]
noun, plural morays.
any of numerous chiefly tropical eels of the family Muraenidae, having porelike gill openings and no pectoral fins.
Also called moray eel.


Origin:
1615–25, Americanism; < Portuguese moréia < Latin mūraena < Greek mȳ́raina lamprey

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Moray

[mur-ee]
noun
a historic county in NE Scotland, on Moray Firth.
Formerly Elgin.
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moray (mɒˈreɪ)
 
n , pl -rays
any voracious marine coastal eel of the family Muraenidae, esp Muraena helena, marked with brilliant patterns and colours
 
[C17: from Portuguese moréia, from Latin mūrēna, from Greek muraina]

Moray1 (ˈmʌrɪ)
 
n
Former name: Elgin a council area and historical county of NE Scotland: part of Grampian region from 1975 to 1996: mainly hilly, with the Cairngorm mountains in the S. Administrative centre: Elgin. Pop: 87 460 (2003 est). Area: 2238 sq km (874 sq miles)

Moray or Murray2 (ˈmʌrɪ)
 
n
1st Earl of, title of James Stuart. ?1531--70, regent of Scotland (1567--70) following the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots, his half-sister. He defeated Mary and Bothwell at Langside (1568); assassinated by a follower of Mary
 
Murray or Murray2
 
n

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moray
1624, from Port. moreia, from L. muraena "sea eel, lamprey," from Gk. smyraina, from smyros "sea eel."
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moray

council area and historic county of northeastern Scotland, extending inland from the southern shore of the Moray Firth. The council area and the historic county occupy somewhat different areas. Most of the historic county of Moray lies within the council area of the same name, but the southern portion of the county, including Grantown-on-Spey, is part of the Highland council area. The Moray council area, however, also contains most of the historic county of Banffshire.

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