false morel


: any of a genus (Gyromitra) of fungi that are often poisonous and have a cap with convolutions resembling a brain

Examples of false morel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An important characteristic all morels share which distinguishes them from their imposter, false morels, is a hollow center. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2023 Cut each one in half just before cooking to ensure that no false morels are present. Outdoor Life, 8 Apr. 2020 Watch out for false morel mushrooms, which can sometimes be toxic. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Apr. 2020 Most false morels will have wrinkly, almost shriveled-looking caps instead of pits. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Apr. 2020 Other mushrooms, such as the false morel, are darker in color, look like a brain, don't include noticeable stems, and should be avoided. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of false morel was in 1942

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“False morel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20morel. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

false morel

false mo·​rel -mȯ-ˈrel How to pronounce false morel (audio)
: any fungus of the genus Gyromitra

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