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[muh-rel-oh] /məˈrɛl oʊ/
noun, plural morellos.
a variety of sour cherry having dark-colored skin and juice.
the tree bearing this fruit.
Origin of morello
1640-50; perhaps < Italian amarello amarelle, confused (in E) with Italian morello blackish. See morel2 Unabridged
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  • But in the few, brief seconds that had elapsed while this was taking place, Col. morello's gang had drawn perilously near.

  • morello: the highest of the spurs of the Apennines to the north of Florence.

  • Corleone is the home town of morello and Lupo, the arch-plotters.

    The Barrel Mystery William J. (William James) Flynn
  • morello offered to pay the $100 himself and expected to get it back.

    The Barrel Mystery William J. (William James) Flynn
  • It also came into his mind that Col. morello's band was reputed to have their hiding place somewhere in the vicinity.

  • The sister (morello's) had gone to the other side and arranged for this marriage.

    The Barrel Mystery William J. (William James) Flynn
  • An excellent syrup for fruit sauce is made of morello cherries (red, sour cherries).

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for morello


noun (pl) -los
a variety of small very dark sour cherry, Prunus cerasus austera
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Medieval Latin amārellum diminutive of Latin amārus bitter, but also influenced by Italian morello blackish
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Word Origin and History for morello

kind of bitter cherry, 1640s, of uncertain origin, perhaps ultimately from Latin amarus "bitter." Earlier form was morell (1610s).

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