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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 of moray
1615-1625
1615-25, Americanism; < Portuguese moréia < Latin mūraena < Greek mȳ́raina lamprey

Moray

[mur-ee] /ˈmɜr i/
noun
1.
a historic county in NE Scotland, on Moray Firth.
Formerly Elgin.
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  • A' the morays are gleg, and yon marquis has an ee like a hawk.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • morays verbal report is his only source, and morays was hearsay gossip.

  • But what was the political or personal reason for morays cruelty?

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

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

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The fallen Moray must have been some other member of the brave and prolific family of morays.

    Sir William Wallace A. F. Murison
  • Mary does not say, as in morays account, that there is danger of Darnleys bringing her round to his will.

  • Buchanan certainly was not morays informant: Jhone a Forret carried the news.

  • Chtelherault was like to speed well enough in his suit to be restored, after his share in morays rebellion.

  • At morays request she annulled her restoration of consistorial jurisdiction to Archbishop Hamilton.

British Dictionary definitions for morays

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 morays

moray

n.

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

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