Definition of muraena in English:

muraena

(also murena)

noun

  • In early use: an eel-like fish mentioned by ancient writers. Later: a moray eel, specifically one of the genus Muraena; (in form Muraena) the genus itself.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From classical Latin mūraena, mūrēna a kind of eel, a moray (and, by confusion, a lamprey) from ancient Greek μύραινα, also σμύραινα, perhaps from the same Indo-European base as smear.

Pronunciation

muraena

/mjʊˈriːnə/