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


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

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of murex was in 1589

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“Murex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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