mu·​rex | \ ˈmyu̇r-ˌeks How to pronounce murex (audio) \
plural murices\ ˈmyu̇r-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce murex (audio) \ or murexes

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

Examples of murex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As each murex produced only a few drops of precious mucus, the manufacture of commercial quantities of Tyrian purple required the harvesting of vast quantities of these creatures. Mark Woolmer, National Geographic, 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of murex

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for murex

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

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“Murex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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