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2 definitions found
 for Mandragora officinarum
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  mandrake \man"drake\ (m[a^]n"dr[=a]k), n. [AS. mandragora, L.
     mandragoras, fr. Gr. mandrago`ras: cf. F. mandragore.]
     1. (Bot.) 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.
        [1913 Webster]
              And shrieks like mandrakes, torn out of the earth,
              That living mortals, hearing them, run mad. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: The mandrake of Scripture was perhaps the same plant,
           but proof is wanting.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. (Bot.) The May apple ({Podophyllum peltatum). See May
        apple under May, and Podophyllum. [U.S.]
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Mandragora officinarum
      n 1: a plant of southern Europe and North Africa having purple
           flowers, yellow fruits and a forked root formerly thought
           to have magical powers [syn: mandrake, devil's apples,
           Mandragora officinarum]

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