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a. A southern European plant (Mandragora officinarum) in the nightshade family, having greenish-yellow flowers and a branched root. This plant was once believed to have magical powers because its root resembles the human body.
b. The root of this plant, which contains the poisonous alkaloid hyoscyamine. In both senses also called mandragora.
2. See mayapple.

[Middle English, alteration (influenced by drake, dragon) of mandragora, from Old English, from Latin mandragorās, from Greek, of unknown origin.]
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(ˈmændreɪk) or


1. (Plants) a Eurasian solanaceous plant, Mandragora officinarum, with purplish flowers and a forked root. It was formerly thought to have magic powers and a narcotic was prepared from its root
2. (Plants) another name for the May apple
[C14: probably via Middle Dutch from Latin mandragoras (whence Old English mandragora), from Greek. The form mandrake was probably adopted through folk etymology, because of the allegedly human appearance of the root and because drake (dragon) suggested magical powers]
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(ˈmæn dreɪk, -drɪk)

1. a narcotic, short-stemmed European plant, Mandragora officinarum, of the nightshade family, having a fleshy, often forked root somewhat resembling a human form.
[1275–1325; alter. of mandrage (taken by folk etym. as man + drake2 in sense “dragon”), probably < Middle Dutch < Medieval Latin mandragora mandragora]
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A plant with a human-shaped root believed to have particularly magical qualities.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mandrake - the root of the mandrake plantmandrake - the root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a narcotic
devil's apples, Mandragora officinarum, mandrake - a plant of southern Europe and North Africa having purple flowers, yellow fruits and a forked root formerly thought to have magical powers
root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
2.mandrake - a plant of southern Europe and North Africa having purple flowers, yellow fruits and a forked root formerly thought to have magical powersmandrake - a plant of southern Europe and North Africa having purple flowers, yellow fruits and a forked root formerly thought to have magical powers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Mandragora, Mandragora - a genus of stemless herbs of the family Solanaceae
mandrake, mandrake root - the root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a narcotic
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[ˈmændreɪk] Nmandrágora f
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nMandragore f; mandrake rootAlraune f
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