- any marine gastropod of the genus Murex, common in tropical seas, certain species of which yield the royal purple dye valued by the ancients.
- a shell used as a trumpet, as in representations of Tritons in art.
- purplish red.
Origin of murex
Examples from the Web for murex
But murex or no murex, Purple was discovered by my ancestors.The Book of Khalid
It was produced by a combination of the secretions of the murex and buccinum.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
Some, again, are smooth, others nearly as rough as the Murex trunculus.History of Phoenicia
The genus Murex is supposed to have been the first species indicated by Aristotle.The Ocean World:
Certainly not; the flesh of the murex can provide a pigment as well as food.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4
Lucian of Samosata
- any of various spiny-shelled marine gastropods of the genus Murex and related genera: formerly used as a source of the dye Tyrian purple
Word Origin and History for murex
kind of shellfish which yields a purple dye, 1580s, from Latin murex (plural murices) "purple fish, purple dye," probably cognate with Greek myax "sea mussel," of unknown origin, perhaps related to mys "mouse" (see muscle (n.) and mussel).