from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A southern European plant (Mandragora officinarum) having greenish-yellow flowers and a branched root. This plant was once believed to have magical powers because its root resembles the human body.
- n. The root of this plant, which contains the poisonous alkaloid hyoscyamine. Also called mandragora.
- n. See May apple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mandragora, a kind of tiny demon immune to fire.
- n. Any plant of the genus Mandragora, certain of which are said to have medicinal properties; the curiously shaped root of these plants has been likened to the shape of a little man, and thus, has attained some mythic significance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A low plant (Mandragora officinarum) of the Nightshade family, having a fleshy root, often forked, and supposed to resemble a man. It was therefore supposed to have animal life, and to cry out when pulled up. All parts of the plant are strongly narcotic. It is found in the Mediterranean region.
- n. The May apple (Podophyllum peltatum). See May apple under May, and Podophyllum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Mandragora.
- n. The May-apple, Podophyllum peltatum.
- n. In heraldry, a figure resembling a root with two long and pointed bifurcations usually twisted together, and the whole crowned with leaves and berries.
- n. The enchanter's nightshade, Circæa Lutetiana.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a narcotic
- n. a plant of southern Europe and North Africa having purple flowers, yellow fruits and a forked root formerly thought to have magical powers
Middle English, alteration (influenced by drake, dragon) of mandragora, from Old English, from Latin mandragorās, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)