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murex

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Pronunciation: /ˈmjʊərɛks
 
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Definition of murex in English:

noun (plural murices /-rɪsiːz/ or murexes)

A predatory tropical marine mollusc, the shell of which bears spines and forms a long, narrow canal extending downwards from the aperture.
  • Genus Murex, family Muricidae, class Gastropoda
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin; perhaps related to Greek muax 'sea mussel'.

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