moray eel

noun mo·ray eel \mə-ˈrā-, ˈmr-(ˌ)ā-\

Definition of MORAY EEL

:  any of numerous often brightly colored eels (family Muraenidae) that have sharp teeth capable of inflicting a severe bite, that occur in warm seas, and that include a chiefly Mediterranean eel (Muraena helena) sometimes used for food —called also moray

Origin of MORAY EEL

Portuguese moréia, from Latin muraena, from Greek myraina
First Known Use: 1926


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