Origin of mandrake
Examples from the Web for mandrake
“As things stand, Catherine and her family do not feel confident about her going to Norfolk,” one of her friends tells Mandrake.Kate Middleton To Miss Royal Christmas As She Battles Sickness|Tom Sykes|December 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Thus the story of the dangers incurred in the process of digging up a mandrake assumed the well-known form.
The attempt to dig up the mandrake was said to be fraught with great danger.
Witches made much of them; and those who believed that the Maid was a witch accused her of carrying a mandrake on her person.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)|Anatole France
Word Origin 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.