morel

1
[muh-rel]
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noun

any edible mushroom of the genus Morchella, especially M. esculenta.

Origin of morel

1
1665–75; < French, Middle French morille, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *maurīcula, derivative of Medieval Latin maurus brown, dark-colored; see morel2, -cule1

morel

2

or mo·relle

[muh-rel]

noun

any of several nightshades, especially the black nightshade.

Origin of morel

2
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

Morel

[maw-rel; French maw-rel]

noun

Jean [zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/, 1903–75, French orchestra conductor.
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morel

noun

any edible saprotrophic ascomycetous fungus of the genus Morchella, in which the mushroom has a pitted cap: order Pezizales

Word Origin for morel

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
n.

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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