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moray

[mawr-ey, mohr-ey; maw-rey, moh-] /ˈmɔr eɪ, ˈmoʊr eɪ; mɔˈreɪ, moʊ-/
noun, plural morays.
1.
any of numerous chiefly tropical eels of the family Muraenidae, having porelike gill openings and no pectoral fins.
Also called moray eel.
Origin of moray
1615-1625
1615-25, Americanism; < Portuguese moréia < Latin mūraena < Greek mȳ́raina lamprey

Moray

[mur-ee] /ˈmɜr i/
noun
1.
a historic county in NE Scotland, on Moray Firth.
Formerly Elgin.
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  • In another stand the old houses of the Earls of Gosford and moray.

    The Genius of Scotland Robert Turnbull
  • I was thinking,” said moray gravely, “of how long it would be before it is day.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
  • May not moray have told Lennox what he told de Silva, and even more copiously?

  • The return by the east coast was through the counties of moray and Banff to Aberdeen.

    Robert Burns Principal Shairp.
  • This lady succeeded to the estates and titles of her brother, John Randolph, 3rd earl of moray.

  • Possibly the trumpet-blowing angels did call him moray, or some better name.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Monsieur, having me alone at last, said to me, "I have kept my word as to the little boast: this Captain moray still lives."

  • moray, who had no heart to hunt for his mother, left the next day by the steamer.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • The drawing-room in moray Place seemed in the partial gloom very large and lofty.

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British Dictionary definitions for moray

moray

/mɒˈreɪ/
noun (pl) -rays
1.
any voracious marine coastal eel of the family Muraenidae, esp Muraena helena, marked with brilliant patterns and colours
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese moréia, from Latin mūrēna, from Greek muraina

Moray1

/ˈmʌrɪ/
noun
1.
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) Former name Elgin

Moray2

/ˈmʌrɪ/
noun
1.
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
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Word Origin and History for moray
n.

1620s, from Portuguese moreia, from Latin muraena "sea eel, lamprey," from Greek smyraina, from smyros "sea eel."

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