moray eel

noun
mo·​ray eel | \mə-ˈrā-, ˈmȯr-(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

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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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 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 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 Not Impressed In Sea World's aquarium, rock-like crabs and moray eels hardly seemed to notice the tourists pressing their noses against the glass walls of the creatures' homes. sandiegouniontribune.com, "SeaWorld Opening Seen By Thousands," 21 Mar. 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 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

noun
mo·​ray eel | \mə-ˈrā-, ˈmȯr-ā-\

Kids Definition of moray eel

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

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