Any of numerous often brightly colored marine eels of the family Muraenidae, having a large mouth with sharp teeth.
Any of a family (Muraenidae, order Anguilliformes) of voracious eels of warm seas, characterized by brilliant coloring and found esp. among coral reefs: the Mediterranean moray is valued as a food fish.
(place) Administrative division of NE Scotland: formerly a county & district.
Portuguese moréiafrom Latin mūrēnafrom Greek mūrainafrommūrosa kind of eel
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Portuguesemoreia, from Latinmuraena (“sea eel, lamprey"), from Ancient Greek σμυραινα (smyraina), from σμυρος (smyros, “sea eel").
Moray Sentence Examples
Almost opposite to it stands Moray House, from the balcony of which the 8th earl of Argyll watched Montrose led to execution (1650).
The library hall was restored and decorated, largely through the generosity of Sir William Priestley (1829-1900), formerly M.P. for the university; while munificent additions to the academic funds and resources were made by the 15th earl of Moray (1840-1901), Sir William Fraser (1816-1898), and others.
In the summer of 1388 the Scots invaded England by way of Carlisle, sending a small body under the earls of Douglas, Mar and Moray to invade Northumberland.
When she surrendered at Carberry Hill the stronghold fell into the hands of the regent Moray, by whom it was dismantled in 1568, but its ruins are still a picturesque object on the hill above the harbour.
Of these Maitland of Lethington was consenting to Darnley's murder; the earl of Morton had, at least, guilty foreknowledge; the regent Moray (Mary's natural brother) had "looked through his fingers" at the crime, and for months remained on intimate terms with the criminals.