murex


mu·rex

noun \ˈmyr-ˌeks\
plural mu·ri·ces \ˈmyr-ə-ˌsēz\ or mu·rex·es

Definition of MUREX

:  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 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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