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- n. Plural form of murex.
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Some people specialize in collecting shells like this, and dealers even sell them as a speciality but usually freaks of things like cones and murexes rather than the humble Batillaria minima.
He cringed to hear it—its hull grinding the calices of finger corals and the tiny tubes of pipe organ corals, tearing the flower and fern shapes of soft corals, and damaging shells too: punching holes in olives and murexes and spiny whelks, in Hydatina physis and Turris babylonia.