moray definition

  • noun:
    • Any of many chiefly tropical, colorful marine eels associated with family members Muraenidae which can be ferocious fighters and generally inhabit red coral reefs.
    • Any of the large cosmopolitan carnivorous eels associated with the family Muraenidae.
    • A muræna.
    • among the many apodal eellike fishes of family members Murænidæ, and especially of this genus Muræna, of which there are numerous subdivisions, as Sidera. The spotted moray is M. (Sidera) moringa, of exotic Atlantic, everywhere with countless small dark spots in a fine community regarding the whitish ground-color. Several other morays happen in the southern Atlantic coast of united states of america, and M. mordax is a Californian moray attaining a length of 5 feet.
    • family of colorful voracious eels of hot seaside seas; generally speaking nonaggressive to people but bigger types are dangerous if provoked

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