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[muh-rel] /məˈrɛl/
any edible mushroom of the genus Morchella, especially M. esculenta.
Origin of morel1
1665-75; < French, Middle French morille, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *maurīcula, derivative of Medieval Latin maurus brown, dark-colored; see morel2, -cule1


or morelle

[muh-rel] /məˈrɛl/
any of several nightshades, especially the black nightshade.
1350-1400; Middle English morel(l)e < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin maurella, equivalent to maur(us) brown, dark-colored (adj. use of Latin Maurus Moor) + -ella -elle


[maw-rel; French maw-rel] /mɔˈrɛl; French mɔˈrɛl/
[zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/ (Show IPA),
1903–75, French orchestra conductor. Unabridged
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  • morel (the captain), the interpreter and myself went on shore.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • Leaving him with his friends, morel and I went for a walk through the village.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • Meanwhile morel was sitting in the best place by the fire, surrounded by the soldiers.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • They gave him some more porridge and morel with a laugh set to work on his third bowl.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • morel will do for me, I think, and you can have my brother Peter, no doubt.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • But this superiority in station was not much consolation to Mrs. morel.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • "No—I never had the least inclination to," Mrs. morel replied.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for morel


any edible saprotrophic ascomycetous fungus of the genus Morchella, in which the mushroom has a pitted cap: order Pezizales
Word Origin
C17: from French morille, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German morhila, diminutive of morha carrot
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Word Origin and History for morel

type of edible mushroom, 1670s, from French morille (16c.), of uncertain origin, apparently from Germanic; cf. Old High German morhilo (German Morchel), diminutive of morha "root of a tree or plant," from Proto-Germanic *murhon- (cf. Old English more, German möhre "carrot").

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