moray eel

mo·​ray eel | \ mə-ˈrā- How to pronounce moray eel (audio) , ˈmȯr-(ˌ)ā- How to pronounce moray eel (audio) \

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

Examples of moray eel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sabuncuoglu’s own photograph of a dead moray eel, photographed in Bodrum, Turkey, caught attention because the death was caused by the eel entangling itself in a fishing line. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 The ocean includes a diverse variety of life to watch—including the brown moray eel, giant anemone, Atlantic trumpetfish, yellow barracuda, flaming reef lobsters and zebra seabream. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 Suddenly, a snowflake moray eel named Qani heaves its muscled bucatini of a body out of the water and onto the ramp. New York Times, 22 June 2021 Not relying on water means that a moray eel foraging on land can snarf down dinner without needing to call off the hunt by returning to the water. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2021 Another speared lionfish was offered to a green moray eel. John Christopher Fine,, 9 Apr. 2021 Find venomous and beautiful lionfish with their long flowing fins, spiny scorpionfish and the blackedge moray eel with its long fin running the entire length of its body. Jeanne Houck,, 2 Mar. 2020 Just a South Pacific coral reef pulsing with a carnival of color, including a rare sighting of a free-swimming moray eel, a hawksbill sea turtle, and immense schools of snapper, convict tangs and jacks. John Briley, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2020 Mutton snapper, large stingrays, spotted eagle rays and moray eels are also common. USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of moray eel

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moray eel

Portuguese moréia, from Latin muraena, from Greek myraina

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moray eel

mo·​ray eel | \ mə-ˈrā- How to pronounce moray eel (audio) , ˈmȯr-ā- \

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: an often brightly colored eel of warm seas with sharp teeth

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