moray eel

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 (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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