morels

morel

1 [muh-rel]
noun
any edible mushroom of the genus Morchella, especially M. esculenta.

Origin:
1665–75; < French, Middle French morille, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *maurīcula, derivative of Medieval Latin maurus brown, dark-colored; see morel2, -cule1

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morel

2 [muh-rel]
noun
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

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morel (mɒˈrɛl)
 
n
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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morel
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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