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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "'Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels' opens Friday at the Newport Aquarium," 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, "Diving into the tranquility of Tahiti," 21 Feb. 2020 Mutton snapper, large stingrays, spotted eagle rays and moray eels are also common. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 Located across from Legoland in Grapevine Mills mall, the aquarium has a sea turtle rescue center, a shipwreck area that’s home to a green moray eel, a jellyfish nursery, a stingray bay and more. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "Looking for winter family fun? Try Dallas-Fort Worth’s museums, aquariums and indoor play places," 10 Jan. 2020 Scuba diving with hammerhead sharks, moray eels, and sea lions at Isla Espíritu Santo or stand-up paddle boarding at secluded beaches such as Balandra. Jenny Peters, National Geographic, "Baja California Sur: The ultimate road trip," 25 July 2019 Some moray eels can even weigh more than humans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) described in a blog post. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Giant eel bites woman vacationing in Hawaii: 'There was blood everywhere'," 3 Aug. 2018 Or oversize moray eels waiting to sink their fangs into the soft flesh of unsuspecting human prey. Erik Heinrich,, "Kittiwake wreck dive and Stingray City are unforgettable adventures – even if you do get bit," 16 May 2018 Manta rays glide gracefully over the reef, as moray eels pop out of the coral crevices when a meal comes into view. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Poor water quality after Harvey could hurt Flower Garden Banks off Texas shore," 9 Jan. 2018

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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