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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
1615-1625
1615-25, Americanism; < Portuguese moréia < Latin mūraena < Greek mȳ́raina lamprey
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British Dictionary definitions for moray eel

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

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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