Borrowed from French morille (compare Picard merouille, meroule (“morel, mushroom”)), from Frankish *morhila (“mushroom”), diminutive of *morha (“root”), from Proto-Germanic *murhǭ, *murhijǭ (“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 Möhre (“carrot”)). More at more.
morel (plural morels)
- Any of several edible mushrooms, especially the common morel or yellow morel.
- (mycology) Any of several fungi in the genus Morchella, the upper part of which is covered with a reticulated and pitted hymenium.
- black morel, Morchella angusticeps
- black morel, Morchella conica
- black morel, Morchella elata
- black morel, Morchella septentrionalis
- white morel, Morchella deliciosa
- yellow morel, Morchella esculenta
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