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[muh-rel] /məˈrɛl/
noun
1.
any edible mushroom of the genus Morchella, especially M. esculenta.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < French, Middle French morille, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *maurīcula, derivative of Medieval Latin maurus brown, dark-colored; see morel2, -cule1

morel2

[muh-rel] /məˈrɛl/
noun
1.
any of several nightshades, especially the black nightshade.
Also, morelle.
Origin
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] /mɔˈrɛl; French mɔˈrɛl/
noun
1.
Jean
[zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/ (Show IPA),
1903–75, French orchestra conductor.
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morel

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