Pronunciation: (myoor'eks), [key]
—pl. mu•ri•cesPronunciation: (myoor'u-sēz"), [key] mu•rex•es.
1. any marine gastropod of the genus Murex, common in tropical seas, certain species of which yield the royal purple dye valued by the ancients.
2. a shell used as a trumpet, as in representations of Tritons in art.
3. purplish red.
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