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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 (“morel”)), diminutive of Old High German morha, moraha (“tree-root, plant root”) (German Möhre (“carrot”)). Equivalent to dialectal more (“carrot, root”) + -el.
morel (plural morels)
- Any of several edible mushrooms, especially the common morel or yellow morel.
- 2006, Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Penguin Press, →ISBN, page 388:
- The slightly sulfurous, meaty odor of morels attracts flies, which lay eggs in the safety of the mushroom's hollow stalk.
- 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, Morchella conica, Morchella elata, Morchella septentrionalis)
- white morel (Morchella deliciosa)
- yellow morel (Morchella esculenta
- false morel (Gyromitra spp.)
- great morel (Atropa belladonna)
- petty morel (Solanum nigrum, Aralia racemosa).
- snow morel
common morel or yellow morel, Morchella esculenta
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morel (plural morels)
- Archaic form of morello (“type of cherry”).
- 1821, Thomas Nuttall, A journal of travels into the Arkansa Territory, page 122:
- The insects which injure the morel cherry-trees so much in Pennsylvania, I perceive, here occasionally act in the same way upon the branches of the wild cherry […]
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