Morel meaning

mə-rĕl, mô-
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Any of a genus (Morchella) of edible ascomycetous mushrooms resembling a sponge on a stalk.
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Any of several edible mushrooms, especially the common morel or yellow morel.
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(mycology) Any of several fungi in the genus Morchella, the upper part of which is covered with a reticulated and pitted hymenium.
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Any of various edible mushrooms of the genus Morchella, characterized by a cap with irregular pits and ridges.
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Origin of morel

  • French morille from Old French perhaps from Vulgar Latin maurīcula feminine diminutive of Latin Maurus Mauritanian, Moor Moor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French morille (compare Picard merouille, meroule (“morel, mushroom")), from Frankish *morhila (“mushroom"), diminutive of *morha (“root"), from Proto-Germanic *murhō(n), *murhijō(n) (“carrot"), from Proto-Indo-European *mork- (“tuber, edible herb"). Akin to Old High German morhilo, morhela (“mushroom") (German Morchel (“mushroom")), diminutive of Old High German morha, moraha (“tree-root, plant root") (German Möhre (“carrot")). More at more.

    From Wiktionary