Murex meaning

myo͝or'ĕks
Any of various predatory marine gastropods of the family Muricidae, having rough spiny shells and including several species formerly used to produce the dye Tyrian purple.
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Any of a genus (Murex) of flesh-eating snails, found in warm salt waters and having a rough, spiny shell: some species yield a purple substance formerly valued as a dye.
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Any of the genus Murex of marine gastropods.
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A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Muricinae "” the murex gastropods once used to produce Tyrian purple.
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Origin of murex

  • New Latin mūrex from Latin gastropod producing Tyrian purple probably of pre-Roman Mediterranean origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Ancient Greek μυαχ (muakh, “sea mussel"), from μῦς (mus).
    From Wiktionary
  • Latin murex
    From Wiktionary