j morel


[maw-rel; French maw-rel]
Jean [zhahn] , 1903–75, French orchestra conductor.
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morel (mɒˈrɛl)
any edible saprotrophic ascomycetous fungus of the genus Morchella, in which the mushroom has a pitted cap: order Pezizales
[C17: from French morille, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German morhila, diminutive of morha carrot]

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type of mushroom, 1670s, from Fr. morille (16c.), of uncertain origin, apparently from Germanic; cf. O.H.G. morhilo (Ger. Morchel), dim. of morha "root of a tree or plant," from P.Gmc. *murhon- (cf. O.E. more, Ger. möhre "carrot").
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