mandrake root

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Noun1.mandrake root - the root of the mandrake plantmandrake root - 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
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Mandrake root is a nightshade that was said to incite desire for love even among those who did not want it -- when taken in the correct doses.
Instead, you can tuck into frogs, Bertie Bots Every Flavour Beans and even a Mandrake root.
"[P]reoccupied with the revolutions of grotesque bodies turned to dust as they swirl one into another irrespective of rank or gender," Donne is obsessed by "the fragmented body" and " nullified self." The thirsty mandrake root is Christ, we read, and Collins cites Isaiah: 'he shall grow up as a tender plant ...
The "marvels and oddities" include a clay concept car; medieval stone gargoyle; Egyptian cat mummy; a version of Temple Grandin''s Squeeze/Hug Machine; a mandrake root; the original bronze cast of the famous Lindow bog man''s reconstructed head, and a 1940s model of a cat used to demonstrate reflexes.
He gives Ofelia a mandrake root, which he refers to as "a plant that dreamt of being human." Ofelia is instructed to put the mandrake in a bowl of milk and place it under her mother's bed, feeding it with two drops of blood.
It lists mandrake root, syrup, and sweet flag root among the ingredients - but the manufacturers say the recipe is not accurate.
The recent proposed measured led a coven of irate witches to put poisonous mandrake root into the Danube in order to place a hex on Romanian officials,
She was scheduled to be starring in her own play, The Mandrake Root, but her producers were afraid that, having just undergone surgery for breast cancer, she wouldn't be strong enough to do the play.
I might have been asking for eye of newt or mandrake root. "We haven't sold Lucozade for years," she said dismissively.
Unlike previous pieces about her father, Sir Michael Redgrave ("Shakespeare for My Father"), and mother, Rachel Kempson ("The Mandrake Root"), this one is more fiction than memoir.
The Mandrake Root - Picture *House, Stratford, Sunday, November 22 at 2pm.
Because mandrake root was so potent and because of the lack of understanding of its properties, mandrake was then considered a mystical plant.