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mandrake

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mandrake

noun man·drake \ˈman-ˌdrāk\

Definition of MANDRAKE

1
a :  a Mediterranean herb (Mandragora officinarum) of the nightshade family with large ovate leaves, greenish-yellow or purple flowers, and a large usually forked root resembling a human in form and formerly credited with magical properties
b :  the root of a mandrake formerly used especially to promote conception, as a cathartic, or as a narcotic and soporific
2
:  mayapple

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Origin of MANDRAKE

Middle English, probably alteration of mandragora
First Known Use: 14th century

mandrake

noun man·drake \ˈman-ˌdrāk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MANDRAKE

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a :  a Mediterranean solanaceous herb of the genus Mandragora (M. officinarum) that has greenish yellow or purple flowers, globose yellow fruits formerly supposed to have aphrodisiac properties, and a large usually forked root resembling a human in form and formerly credited with magical properties b (1) :  the root of this plant that contains hyoscyamine and was formerly used especially to promote conception, as a cathartic, or as a narcotic and soporific (2) :  a solution of mandrake root (as in wine) formerly used as a narcotic
2
a :  mayapple b :  podophyllum 2

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