[ mawr-ey, mohr-ey; maw-rey, moh- ]
/ ˈmɔr eɪ, ˈmoʊr eɪ; mɔˈreɪ, moʊ- /

noun, plural mo·rays.

any of numerous chiefly tropical eels of the family Muraenidae, having porelike gill openings and no pectoral fins.

Origin of moray

1615–25, Americanism; < Portuguese moréia < Latin mūraena < Greek mȳ́raina lamprey
Also called moray eel.

Definition for moray (2 of 2)

[ mur-ee ]
/ ˈmɜr i /


a historic county in NE Scotland, on Moray Firth.
Formerly Elgin. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for moray (1 of 3)

/ (mɒˈreɪ) /

noun plural -rays

any voracious marine coastal eel of the family Muraenidae, esp Muraena helena, marked with brilliant patterns and colours

Word Origin for moray

C17: from Portuguese moréia, from Latin mūrēna, from Greek muraina

British Dictionary definitions for moray (2 of 3)

/ (ˈmʌrɪ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for moray (3 of 3)



/ (ˈmʌrɪ) /


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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