Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mandrake.
  • noun [capitalized] A genus of plants of the natural order Solanaceœ, the nightshade family, and tribe Atropeœ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of plants; the mandrake. See mandrake, 1.

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  • noun Mandrake; often specifically mandrake root, traditionally used as a narcotic

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  • noun a genus of stemless herbs of the family Solanaceae

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English; see mandrake.]

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From Latin mandragora

Examples

  • Asked, in what place this mandrake was, and what she had heard of it? she said that she had heard that it grew under the tree of which mention has been made, but did not know the place; she said also that she had heard that above the mandragora was a hazel tree.

    Jeanne d'Arc

  • The mandragora is a wild plant, the like of which does not exist.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 4

  • Asked, in what place this mandrake was, and what she had heard of it? she said that she had heard that it grew under the tree of which mention has been made, but did not know the place; she said also that she had heard that above the mandragora was a hazel tree.

    Jeanne D'Arc: her life and death

  • Perhaps the most plausible suggestion that has been made as to the derivation of the word "mandragora" is Delâtre's claim [395] that it is compounded of the words _mandros_, "sleep," and _agora_, "object or substance," and that mandragora means "the sleep-producing substance".

    The Evolution of the Dragon

  • In most books on Egyptian mythology the word (_d'd'_) for the substance put into the drink to colour it is translated "mandragora," from its resemblance to the Hebrew word

    The Evolution of the Dragon

  • (variously transliterated _doudou_ or _didi_), which Brugsch [366] and his followers interpreted as "mandragora," is now believed to have another meaning.

    The Evolution of the Dragon

  • Radix mandragora ebibitae, Annuli ex ungulis Asini, Stercus amatae sub cervical positum, illa nesciente, &c., quum odorem foeditatis sentit, amor solvitur.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • So have many besides: and poppy and mandragora will never medicine them to the sweet sleep they tasted yesterday.

    The Virginians

  • Not poppy nor mandragora will ever medicine this bitter feud! ...

    The Woodlanders

  • A confirmation of this appears from considering the things which induce sleep; they all, whether potable or edible, for instance poppy, mandragora, wine, darnel, produce a heaviness in the head; and persons borne down [by sleepiness] and nodding

    On Sleep and Sleeplessness

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