Main definitions of moray in English

: moray1Moray2


(also moray eel)

Pronunciation /mɒˈreɪ/ /ˈmɒreɪ/


  • A mainly nocturnal eel-like predatory fish of warm seas, that typically hides in crevices with just the head protruding.

    Family Muraenidae: several genera and numerous species, including Muraena helena of the East Atlantic and Mediterranean

    • ‘The rocky reefs and the small caverns formed within them are home to groupers, moray and conger eels, scorpionfish, many octopuses and the occasional spiny lobster.’
    • ‘No sea cows or bovines here, but we spotted puffer fish and a giant moray and plenty of groupers.’
    • ‘All the familiar reef fish are there plus morays, sting rays, you name it.’
    • ‘Parrotfish, morays and groupers swim in these seas, and divers can swim alongside.’
    • ‘Scientists have observed a dolphin trying to get a reluctant moray eel to come out of its crevice by poking it with the spiny body of a dead scorpionfish.’
    • ‘They seek shelter at night in crevices hiding from predators such as moray eel and various sharks.’
    • ‘There are many eels, particularly on the more broken wreck, and morays and congers live in holes almost next door to each other.’
    • ‘Little marine life has been attracted to the wreck, apart from the odd moray eel and scorpionfish and a shoal of cardinalfish buzzing around the cockpit.’
    • ‘Below the wall was a flat plain where we saw kingfish, a large moray eel and a shoal of tuna.’
    • ‘A night dive on the house reef revealed spiny lobsters and red crabs, morays, scorpionfish and lionfish.’
    • ‘Other tanks in the exhibition will house a variety of eels, from razor-toother morays to a colony of distinctive garden eels, which anchor themselves in burrows with the tops of their tails and stand vertically like strands of seaweed.’
    • ‘This was typical Red Sea diving, rich with corals and sponges and teeming with fish, one coral head housing a couple of morays that had been there for more than 11 years.’
    • ‘Most morays are thought to be nocturnal but some are known to hunt during the day.’
    • ‘Gullies in the reefs were home to morays, lobster and the occasional crab.’
    • ‘The morays are fed regularly and come right into the open.’
    • ‘Divers with torches may be fortunate enough to cast their lights onto morays under rocky overhangs.’


Early 17th century from Portuguese moréia, via Latin from Greek muraina.



/mɒˈreɪ/ /ˈmɒreɪ/

Main definitions of Moray in English

: moray1Moray2


(also Morayshire)

proper noun

  • A council area and former county of northern Scotland, bordered on the north by the Moray Firth; administrative centre, Elgin.