Meaning of MANDRAKE in English


/man"drayk, -drik/ , n.

1. a narcotic, short-stemmed European plant, Mandragora officinarum, of the nightshade family, having a fleshy, often forked root somewhat resembling a human form.

2. the May apple.

[ 1275-1325; ME, var. of mandrage (short for MANDRAGORA), taken by folk etymology as MAN 1 + DRAKE 2 ]

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