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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous chiefly tropical, brightly colored marine eels of the family Muraenidae that are ferocious fighters and commonly inhabit coral reefs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the large cosmopolitan carnivorous eels of the family Muraenidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A muræna.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of many apodal eellike fishes of the family Murænidæ, and especially of the genus Muræna, of which there are several subdivisions, as Sidera. The spotted moray is M. (Sidera) moringa, of the tropical Atlantic, everywhere with innumerable small dark spots in a fine network of the whitish ground-color. Several other morays occur on the southern Atlantic coast of the United States, and M. mordax is a Californian moray attaining a length of 5 feet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. family of brightly colored voracious eels of warm coastal waters; generally nonaggressive to humans but larger species are dangerous if provoked

Etymologies

Portuguese moréia, from Latin mūrēna, from Greek mūraina, from mūros, a kind of eel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese moreia, from Latin muraena ("sea eel, lamprey"), from Ancient Greek σμυραινα (smyraina), from σμυρος (smyros, "sea eel"). (Wiktionary)

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