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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. 2017.
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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.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 1(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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