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  1. any edible mushroom of the genus Morchella, especially M. esculenta.
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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 mo·relle

  1. any of several nightshades, especially the black nightshade.
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Origin of morel2

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]
  1. Jean [zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/, 1903–75, French orchestra conductor.
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  • Morel (the captain), the interpreter and myself went on shore.

  • Leaving him with his friends, Morel and I went for a walk through the village.

  • They gave him some more porridge and Morel with a laugh set to work on his third bowl.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Meanwhile Morel was sitting in the best place by the fire, surrounded by the soldiers.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for morel


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