- 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
Examples from the Web for mandrakes
I went on picking my mandrakes in the forest, and waited for you to send for La Corriveau.The Golden Dog
And shall we go over into the woods where the mandrakes are in bloom?A Yankee from the West
Some call them mandrakes, but they do not rise shrieking, nor kill the wight that plucks them.Audrey
Yes, there were the mandrakes with their finger-shaped leaves.Dorothy Dale's Camping Days
Ser Perth appeared at the doorway with two of the mandrakes.The Sky Is Falling
Lester del Rey
- 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 mandrakes
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.