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mandragora

[man-drag-er-uh, man-druh-gawr-uh, -gohr-uh]
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noun
  1. mandrake(def 1).
  2. a mandrake root.

Origin of mandragora

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Medieval Latin, Latin mandragorās < Greek mandragórās
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Examples from the Web for mandragora

Historical Examples

  • Now solitude and silence are worse for me than poppy and mandragora.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • There was no mandragora in the honorary draught of learning that he had bought.

  • She was then asked what she had done with her mandragora (mandrake)?

    Jeanne d'Arc

    Mrs.(Margaret) Oliphant

  • The mandrake or mandragora is frequently mentioned in the plays.

  • Plato and Demosthenes also speak of mandragora as a soporific.

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang


Word Origin and History for mandragora

n.

see mandrake.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper