Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various edible mushrooms of the genus Morchella and related genera, characterized by a brownish spongelike cap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several edible mushrooms (fungi) in the genus Morchella, especially the common morel or yellow morel, Morchella esculenta, the upper part of which is covered with a reticulated and pitted hymenium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An edible fungus (Morchella esculenta), the upper part of which is covered with a reticulated and pitted hymenium. It is used as food, and for flavoring sauces.
  • n. Nightshade; -- so called from its blackish purple berries.
  • n. A kind of cherry. See Morello.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dark-colored; blackish.
  • n. A dark-colored horse; hence, any horse.
  • n. A kind of cherry. See morello.
  • n. Garden nightshade, Solanum nigrum. See nightshade. Also morelle.
  • n. An edible mushroom; specifically, Morchella esculenta, which grows abundantly in Europe, particularly in England, as well as in many parts of the United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various edible mushrooms of the genus Morchella having a brownish spongelike cap

Etymologies

French morille, from Old French, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *maurīcula, feminine diminutive of Latin Maurus, Mauritanian, Moor; see Moor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French morille (compare Picard merouille, meroule "morel, mushroom"), from Frankish *morhila "mushroom", diminutive of *morha "root" from Proto-Germanic *murhō(n), *murhijō(n) (“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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The actions of the wilful man-child Gren sees the group splintered, and Gren's encounter with an intelligent but parasitic entity known as the morel leads him and his mate on a long, curious journey through the landscape of the dying world.

    Hothouse by Brian W. Aldiss

  • I have no knowledge of mushrooms, unfortunately, the morel is the only one that I would be sure enough of to pick wild, as I am pretty clueless about the others and need to learn from an expert before I go poison myself...

    Morels and Nostalgia

  • Morchella esculenta, for example, is known as a morel in English, but has various names in different parts of Mexico, including elotitos (little corn cobs) menudo (tripe) and viejitos (little old men.)

    Stalking The Wild Mushroom: An Ancient Mexican Culinary Tradition

  • It's like if a field mushroom is a single musical instrument, the morel is the whole symphony orchestra.

    At My Table

  • "The morel is a very wary little mushroom, " explained Amanda.

    Another Roadside Attraction

  • Family matters: Common morels belong to the fungus family Morchellaceae, a group of species commonly called the morel family.

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  • steve morel aka ekion 3 months ago dunno how u did it ! that's crazy ! that's like a movie from superman !

    Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull - May 1st and 2nd, 2010 on Vimeo

  • As for the mushrooms, do those kind of morel mushrooms grow in the south?

    Zen and the Art of Shed Hunting

  • That's the kind of morel dilemma that could get me batting for the other team!

    At My Table

  • Or work with seasonal ingredients, such as morel mushrooms, or gain the chef's edge at the grill ($125).

    Hungry Magazine

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