mandrake

noun man·drake \ ˈman-ˌdrāk \
Updated on: 21 Dec 2017

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 and Etymology of mandrake

Middle English, probably alteration of mandragora


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mandrake

noun man·drake \ ˈman-ˌdrāk \

medical Definition of mandrake

1 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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