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morel \mor"el\ (m[o^]r"[e^]l), n. [See moril.] (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. [Written also moril.]


morel \mor"el\, n. [See morelle.] (Bot.)

  1. Nightshade; -- so called from its blackish purple berries.

  2. A kind of cherry. See Morello.

    Great morel, the deadly nightshade.

    Petty morel, the black nightshade. See Nightshade.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of edible mushroom, 1670s, from French morille (16c.), of uncertain origin, apparently from Germanic; compare Old High German morhilo (German Morchel), diminutive of morha "root of a tree or plant," from Proto-Germanic *murhon- (source of Old English more, German möhre "carrot").


n. 1 Any of several edible mushrooms, especially the common morel or yellow morel. 2 (context mushrooms English) Any of several fungi in the genus ''Morchella'', the upper part of which is covered with a reticulated and pitted hymenium.


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

Morel (disambiguation)

Morchella also known as Morel is a species of edible wild mushroom.

Morel may also refer to:


  • Mörel, Germany, municipality in Schleswig-Holstein
  • Mörel, Switzerland a former municipality in Valais, now part of Mörel-Filet
  • Morel, Les Allues, a hamlet and ski resort in the French Alps, close to Méribel
  • Morel River, a river in India

Other uses:

  • Morel (surname), a surname
  • Morel (horse), a British Thoroughbred racehorse

Mörel may refer to:

  • Mörel, Germany, municipality in Schleswig-Holstein
  • Mörel, Switzerland a former municipality in Valais, now part of Mörel-Filet
Morel (surname)

Morel is a French surname. Notable people with that surname include:

  • Alfred Morel-Fatio (1850–1924), French hispanist
  • Antoine Léon Morel-Fatio (1810–1871), French painter
  • Bénédict Morel (1809–1873), Austrian-French psychiatrist
  • Brent Morel (baseball) (born 1987), American major league baseball player
  • Cecilia Morel (born 1954), Chilean First Lady, wife of President Sebastián Piñera Echenique
  • Charlotte Morel (born 1972), professional French triathlete
  • Claudio Marcelo Morel Rodríguez, Paraguayan footballer
  • Edmund Dene Morel (1873–1924), Franco-British journalist and politician
  • François Morel (born 1926), Canadian composer, pianist, conductor, and music educator
  • François Morel (actor) (born 1959), French actor and filmmaker
  • Gaël Morel (born 1972), French film director
  • Guillaume Morel (1505–1564), French classical scholar
  • Guy Morel (1933–2006), Seychellois businessman
  • Jean Baptiste Morel (1662–1732), a Flemish painter
  • Jean-Baptiste Morel (1854–1927), French politician
  • Jérémy Morel (born 1984), French footballer
  • Jorge Morel (born 1931), Argentine classical guitarist and composer
  • Juan Morel Campos (1857–1896), Puerto Rican composer
  • Léonard Morel-Ladeuil (1820–1888), French goldsmith and sculptor
  • Marie-Rose Morel (born 1972), Belgian politician
  • Olivier Morel de La Durantaye (1640–1716), colonial officer in New France
  • Pierre Morel (born 1964), French cinematographer and film director
  • Richard Morel, American singer, songwriter, remixer and record producer;
  • Salomon Morel (1919–2007), a Polish-Jewish commander of the Zgoda concentration camp in Świętochłowice.
  • Yoryi Morel (1906–1979), a painter from the Dominican Republic
Morel (les Saintes)

Morel is a mountain located on Terre-de-Haut Island on the archipelago of Îles des Saintes, in the Lesser Antilles with the height of 136 meters (446 feet).

Situated in the North of the island, between the bay of Marigot and the bay of Pompierre, it is one of the principal height of the archipelago. It shelters an ancient fortress, called Caroline battery.

Morel (vaudevillist)

Morel, born before 1783 – died in 1802, was an French 18th–19th-century playwright and writer of Comédie en vaudevilles. His first name has always been unknown.

Morel's short career may suggest that he was the pseudonym of a more famous author unidentified to date. Joseph-Marie Quérard in his 1834 book La France Littéraire writes "MOREL , died in 1802, aged 19" with no further information and Léon Thiessé in his Essai biographique et littéraire "We have named Morel, who died in 1802 aged twenty-one from a chest disease, who left some nice songs, and a political work almost unknown".

Morel (horse)

Morel (1805 – after 1830) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare who won the classic Oaks Stakes at Epsom Downs Racecourse in 1808. In a racing career which lasted from April 1808 until July 1812 the mare ran twenty-seven times and won fourteen races. She was mainly campaigned at Newmarket Racecourse, running against some of the best horses of the era in match races and frequently carrying large weights in handicaps. Unlike many champions of the early 19th century, she was particularly effective at shorter distances, recording many of her successes over a mile or less. After her retirement from racing, Morel became a highly successful and influential broodmare, whose direct descendants have won numerous major races in Europe, North America, Japan and Australasia.

Usage examples of "morel".

The nuns gathered morels and blewits, and Hathumod found an old stand of couch grass in a nearby clearing and dug up the now-bitter roots.

But, till then, they had not found any of these polypores or even any of the morels which could replace them.

There was the dead white shape of Mycelium masses, the grotesqueness of Agaricus, the deformity of Deadly Amanita and of Morel.

Seine estuary and had set course north for Rotterdam sixteen miles off the Le Havre light when Morel on the bridge had seen the navigation lights of a motor yacht appearing out of the mist.

SDEC I drove back from Le Havre with Morel as dawn was beginning to lift the night from the warm countryside to landward.

Morel slipped between both pairs of legs and raised his mouth into her thighs.

Moving to view the junction of legs, George saw that Knavit and Morel had entered her in both lower receptacles.

Cup fungi, or Pezizas, the Morels or Morchellas, and the Yellowish fungi or Helvellas.

To Salvatore Nervi she was Denise Morel, which was a common enough surname for there to be plenty of Morels in France, but not so common that the name set off subconscious alarms.

Morel lay in bed, listening to the rain, and the feet of the colliers from Minton, their voices, and the bang, bang of the gates as they went through the stile up the field.

The Morels lived in a house in an ugly street that ran down a steep hill.

But she was rather afraid of the self-possession of the Morels, father and all.

Did I mention the other night during dinner that the morels did not have enough lemon juice?

Morel took a panchion, a great bowl of thick red earth, streamed a heap of white sugar into the bottom, and then, straining herself to the weight, was pouring in the liquor.

But, till then, they had not found any of these polypores or even any of the morels which could replace them.