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mandragora

[man-drag-er-uh, man-druh-gawr-uh, -gohr-uh] /mænˈdræg ər ə, ˌmæn drəˈgɔr ə, -ˈgoʊr ə/
noun
1.
mandrake (def 1).
2.
a mandrake root.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Medieval Latin, Latin mandragorās < Greek mandragórās
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British Dictionary definitions for mandragora

mandrake

/ˈmændreɪk/
noun
1.
a Eurasian solanaceous plant, Mandragora officinarum, with purplish flowers and a forked root. It was formerly thought to have magic powers and a narcotic was prepared from its root
2.
another name for the May apple
Word Origin
C14: probably via Middle Dutch from Latin mandragoras (whence Old English mandragora), from Greek. The form mandrake was probably adopted through folk etymology, because of the allegedly human appearance of the root and because drake (dragon) suggested magical powers
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Word Origin and History for mandragora
n.

see mandrake.

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