mandrake

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noun man·drake \ˈman-ˌdrāk\

Definition of mandrake

  1. 1a :  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 propertiesb :  the root of a mandrake formerly used especially to promote conception, as a cathartic, or as a narcotic and soporific

  2. 2 :  mayapple

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Origin and Etymology of mandrake

Middle English, probably alteration of mandragora


First Known Use: 14th century


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mandrake

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noun man·drake \ˈman-ˌdrāk\

Medical Definition of mandrake

  1. 1a:  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 propertiesb (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. 2a:  mayappleb:  podophyllum 2

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