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

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
  • The return by the east coast was through the counties of moray and Banff to Aberdeen.

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

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Give me all my honours, Robert,' said moray, presenting his left hand.

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

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • She went back to where moray was standing, and stood beside him.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • I have resided one season on a raised beach of the moray Firth.

  • moray, who heard Bowton make his deposition, was a partner to the fraud.

  • That epistle, unlike the one described by moray, is not signed.

British Dictionary definitions for moray


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 moray

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

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