Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various predatory marine gastropods of the family Muricidae, having rough spiny shells and including several species formerly used to produce the dye Tyrian purple.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun . [capitalized] The typical genus of Mùricidæ.
  • noun A species of this genus.
  • noun Pl. murexes or murices (-rek-sez,-ri-sēz). A caltrop.
  • noun A shell used as a trumpet, as in representations of tritons, in art.

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

  • proper noun (Zoöl.) A genus of marine gastropods, having rough, and frequently spinose, shells, which are often highly colored inside; the rock shells. They abound in tropical seas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the genus Murex of marine gastropods.

Etymologies

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

[New Latin mūrex, from Latin, gastropod producing Tyrian purple, probably of pre-Roman Mediterranean origin.]

Examples

  • Is this indeed the "murex," as Browning calls it, of the Tyrian purple, which can be found on the Minehead rocks at low-tide by the holiday-makers of our day?

    Lynton and Lynmouth A Pageant of Cliff & Moorland

  • The whole verse of course begins to explain itself, if we know the meaning of the word "murex," which is the name of a sea-shell, out of which was made the celebrated blue dye of Tyre.

    Robert Browning

  • "The 'murex' contains a dye of miraculous beauty; and this once extracted and bottled, Hobbs, Nobbs, and Co. may trade in it and feast; but the poet who (figuratively) brought the murex to land, and created its value, may, as Keats probably did, eat porridge all his life."

    A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)

  • These wide-ranging traders were especially known for trafficking in the cedars of Lebanon from the coastal mountains of their homeland and a rare purple dye derived from the murex shells of the Lebanese coast.

    Alexander the Great

  • I can think of a lot of pink in nature: the inside of a white murex shell is pink.

    The Pink Dress

  • The Phoenicians were the pioneers in the seventh century BC, scouting for the imperial purple dye found in the murex sea snails of the Moroccan coast.

    Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester – review

  • These wide-ranging traders were especially known for trafficking in the cedars of Lebanon from the coastal mountains of their homeland and a rare purple dye derived from the murex shells of the Lebanese coast.

    Alexander the Great

  • These wide-ranging traders were especially known for trafficking in the cedars of Lebanon from the coastal mountains of their homeland and a rare purple dye derived from the murex shells of the Lebanese coast.

    Alexander the Great

  • I wish I could get royal purple not amythyst, not murex purple — real royal purple seed beads.

    BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » Bead Creatures

  • Best to Corcyra go for cuttle-fish, for the acarne and the fat sea-skull the purple-fish, the little murex too, mice of the sea and the sea-urchin sweet.

    The Defense

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  • The port city of Tyre was the ancient capital of Phoenicia and was best known for the production of purple dye extracted from the murex sea snail.

    - National Geographic

    May 17, 2007

  • Genus of tropical sea snail from which a purple dye is derived

    December 11, 2008