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[mawr-ey, mohr-ey; maw-rey, moh-] /ˈmɔr eɪ, ˈmoʊr eɪ; mɔˈreɪ, moʊ-/
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 of moray
1615-25, Americanism; < Portuguese moréia < Latin mūraena < Greek mȳ́raina lamprey


[mur-ee] /ˈmɜr i/
a historic county in NE Scotland, on Moray Firth.
Formerly Elgin. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • morays party, he might have added, would have been ruined by an acknowledgment of English suzerainty.

  • De Silva inferred from morays talk, that he believed Bothwell to be guilty.

  • morays professions to Elizabeth may have been a blind, but his letters for Marys private eye have a more genuine air.

  • morays verbal report is his only source, and morays was hearsay gossip.

  • At that moment another man came up, evidently in something of a hurry, and he pressed eagerly forward to look at the morays.

    Two Boys of the Battleship Frank V. Webster
  • But what was the political or personal reason for morays cruelty?

  • A' the morays are gleg, and yon marquis has an ee like a hawk.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • The morays wouldn't attack unless disturbed, and there was no reason for disturbing them.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • That Mary should have acquiesced in a compromise demonstrates that she dreaded morays accusations.

  • Mary does not say, as in morays account, that there is danger of Darnleys bringing her round to his will.

British Dictionary definitions for morays


noun (pl) -rays
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


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


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 morays



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

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