American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various edible mushrooms of the genus Morchella and related genera, characterized by a brownish spongelike cap.
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. It is much used to flavor gravies, and is also dressed fresh in various ways; it is sometimes employed instead of the common mushroom, Agaricus cam-pestris, to make catchup.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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. (Bot.) Nightshade; -- so called from its blackish purple berries.
- n. A kind of cherry. See Morello.
- n. any of various edible mushrooms of the genus Morchella having a brownish spongelike cap
- 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)
- 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)
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“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.)”
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