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
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)