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A kind of thick soup or pottage, usually made with meat or fish. Also used in the names of specific dishes. Now historical.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From Middle French mortereus, mortereux, mortreux, mortereoux, plural of morterel, morteruel: see mortrel.
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