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 *murhÅ(n), *murhijÅ(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 MÃ¶hre (“carrot")). More at more.