murex


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Murex \Mu"rex\, prop. n.; pl. Murices. [L., the purple fish.]
   (Zool.)
   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]
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