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murex

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noun mu·rex \ˈmyu̇r-ˌeks\

Definition of murex

plural

murices

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murexes

  1. :  any of a genus (Murex of the family Muricidae) of marine gastropod mollusks having a rough and often spiny shell, abounding in tropical seas, and yielding a purple dye



Origin and Etymology of murex

New Latin, from Latin, mollusk yielding a purple dye; akin to Greek myak-, myax mussel


First Known Use: 1589


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