Definition of murex in English:
noun (plural murices /-rəˌsēz/ or murexes)
A predatory tropical marine mollusk, the shell of which bears spines and forms a long narrow canal extending downward from the aperture.
- Genus Murex, family Muricidae, class Gastropoda
- The region around Tyre was well known in the ancient world for its purple dye made from the murex grandaris mollusc.
- In one corner were piles of seashells attractively packaged and framed in boxes for hanging on the wall - cowries and mitre shells, murex and spider shells.
- Tyrian purple, from the shellfish murex, was a dye reserved for the emperor; this dye was worth several times its weight in gold.
Words that rhyme with murexDurex, Lurex
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