noun (plural murices or murexes) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, mollusk yielding a purple dye; akin to Greek myak-, myax mussel Date: 1589 any of a genus (Murex of the family Muricidae) of marine gastropod mollusks having a rough and often spiny shell, abounding in tropical seas, and yielding a purple dye

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  • murex — murex …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • murex — [ myrɛks ] n. m. • 1505; mot lat. ♦ Mollusque gastéropode à coquille épaisse, hérissée d épines, dont les Anciens tiraient la pourpre. ● murex nom masculin (latin murex, icis, coquillage) Mollusque gastropode des mers chaudes, sécréteur de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • murex — múrex s. n. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  MÚREX s.n. (zool.) Moluscă gasteropodă cu cochilie spiralată, acoperită de spini şi cu o prelungire în formă de tub, din care în antichitate se extrăgea purpura. [< fr.,… …   Dicționar Român

  • MUREX — apud Martial. l. 5. Epigr. 24. Non nisi vel cocci madidâ, vel murice tinctâ Veste nites Et l. 13. Epigr. 87. cuius titul. Murices, Sanguine de nostro tinctas ingrate lacernas Induis, et, non est hoc satis, esca sumus. piscis seu conchae genus est …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • murex — (n.) kind of shellfish which yields a purple dye, 1580s, from L. murex (pl. murices) purple fish, purple dye, probably cognate with Gk. myax sea mussel, of unknown origin, perhaps related to mys mouse (see MUSCLE (Cf. muscle) (n.) and mussel) …   Etymology dictionary

  • murex — [myoor′eks΄] n. pl. murices [myo͞o′ə sēz΄, myoor′ə sēz΄] or murexes [ModL < L, the purple fish < IE base * mus > MOUSE, Gr myax, sea mussel] any of a genus (Murex) of flesh eating snails, found in warm salt waters and having a rough,… …   English World dictionary

  • Murex — Mu rex, prop. n.; pl. {Murices}. [L., the purple fish.] (Zo[ o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Murex — Murex, so v.w. Stachelschnecke …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Murex — Murex, die Stachelschnecke (s. d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Murex — For the historical iron industry company, see Murex (company). Murex Apertural view of the shell of Venus Comb Murex, Murex pecten, anterior end towards the bottom of the page Sc …   Wikipedia

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