Definition of murex
muricesplay \ˈmyu̇r-ə-ˌsēz\ or
: 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 and Etymology 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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