- a narcotic, short-stemmed European plant, Mandragora officinarum, of the nightshade family, having a fleshy, often forked root somewhat resembling a human form.
- the May apple.
Origin of mandrake
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So much for the mandrake, of which, however, a good deal more might be said.Storyology
The mandrake was clearly a surrogate of the shell or vice versa.
The complementary story is told of the mandrake in mediæval Europe.
The attempt to dig up the mandrake was said to be fraught with great danger.
In other words the mandrake was part of the same substance as the earth didi.
- 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
- another name for the May apple
Word Origin and History for mandrake
narcotic plant, early 14c., mondrake, from Medieval Latin mandragora, from Latin mandragoras, from Greek mandragoras, probably from a non-Indo-European word. The word was in late Old English in its Latin form; folk etymology associated the second element with dragoun and substituted native drake in its place. The forked root is thought to resemble a human body and is said to shriek when pulled from the ground.