from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The typical genus of Murœnidœ.
  • noun [lowercase] A fish of this genus. Also written murena.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A genus of large eels of the family Murænidæ. They differ from the common eel in lacking pectoral fins and in having the dorsal and anal fins continuous. The murry (Muræna Helenæ) of Southern Europe was the muræna of the Romans. It is highly valued as a food fish.


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  • The braize, the sea-scorpion, the black conger, the muraena, and the piper or sea-cuckoo are found alike in shallow and deep waters.

    The History of Animals

  • The bonito has the gall-bladder stretched alongside the gut and equalling it in length, and often a double fold of it. others have the organ in the region of the gut; in some cases far off, in others near; as the fishing-frog, the elops, the synagris, the muraena, and the sword-fish.

    The History of Animals

  • The grey mullet is often found alive with its tail lopped off, and the conger with all that part of its body removed that lies to the rear of the vent; in the case of the mullet the injury is wrought by the basse, in that of the conger-eel by the muraena.

    The History of Animals

  • The smyrus differs from the smyraena; for the muraena is mottled and weakly, whereas the smyrus is strong and of one uniform colour, and the colour resembles that of the pine-tree, and the animal has teeth inside and out.

    The History of Animals

  • Some of the lanky fishes have no fins at all, such as the muraena, nor gills articulated like those of other fish.

    The History of Animals

  • For of the lanky fishes, the conger has no such egg, nor the muraena, and the eel has no egg at all.

    The History of Animals

  • The muraena also hides, and the orphus or sea-perch, and the conger.

    The History of Animals

  • Some fishes are exclusively carnivorous, as the cartilaginous genus, the conger, the channa or Serranus, the tunny, the bass, the synodon or Dentex, the amia, the sea-perch, and the muraena.

    The History of Animals

  • The fish and shell-fish (John Dory, red mullet, cuttle-fish, lobster, whiting, muraena, and mussels) which compose it are served on toast.

    The Gourmet's Guide to Europe

  • To attempt an enumeration of the species of fish with which these seas abound would exceed my power, and I shall only mention briefly some of the most obvious; as the shark, hiyu (squalus); skate, ikan pari (raya); ikan mua (muraena); ikan chanak (gymnotus); ikan gajah (cepole); ikan karang or bonna (chaetodon), described by Mr. John Bell in Volume 82 of the Philosophical Transactions.

    The History of Sumatra Containing An Account Of The Government, Laws, Customs And Manners Of The Native Inhabitants


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