mandragora

mandragora

[man-drag-er-uh, man-druh-gawr-uh, -gohr-uh]
noun
1.
mandrake ( def 1 ).

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Medieval Latin, Latin mandragorās < Greek mandragórās

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mandrake or mandragora (ˈmændreɪk, mænˈdræɡərə)
 
n
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
 
[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]
 
mandragora or mandragora
 
n
 
[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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