MAN'DRAKE, n. [L. mandragoras.] A plant of the genus Atropa, growing naturally in Spain, Italy and the Levant. It is a narcotic,and its fresh roots are a violent cathartic. Its effect in rendering barren women prolific is supposed to be imaginary.
MAN'DRAKE, n. [L. mandragoras; It. mandragola; Fr. mandragore. Said to be compounded of
μανδρα, relating to cattle, and αγαυρος, hurtful.]
A plant. The popular name of the several species of the genus Mandragora, one of which grows in Switzerland, one in the south of Europe, and one in the Levant. In medicine they are narcotics. The mandrake of Scripture (Dudaim) was quite a different article; but what it was is uncertain.
- 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
- The May apple
(Podophyllum peltatum). See May apple under May,