or mo·relle

[ muh-rel ]
/ məˈrɛl /


any of several nightshades, especially the black nightshade.

Origin of morel

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for morelle


/ (mɒˈrɛl) /


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 morelle



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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