Found 2 items, similar to mandrake.
English → English
n 1: the root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a
narcotic [syn: mandrake root
2: a plant of southern Europe and North Africa having purple
flowers, yellow fruits and a forked root formerly thought
to have magical powers [syn: devil's apples
, Mandragora officinarum
English → English
mandrake root \mandrake root\
The root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a
narcotic; as a substance it is also called mandrake
(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
And shrieks like mandrakes, torn out of the earth,
That living mortals, hearing them, run mad. --Shak.
Note: The mandrake of Scripture was perhaps the same plant,
but proof is wanting.
2. (Bot.) The May apple (Podophyllum peltatum
). See May apple
, and Podophyllum
, n. [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the
goddess Maia (Gr. Mai^a), daughter of Atlas and mother of
Mercury by Jupiter.]
1. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
2. The early part or springtime of life.
His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood. --Shak.
3. (Bot.) The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from
their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.
The palm and may make country houses gay. --Nash.
Plumes that mocked the may. --Tennyson.
4. The merrymaking of May Day. --Tennyson.
(Bot.), a shrubby species of Spir[ae]a
) with many clusters of small
white flowers along the slender branches.
(Bot.), the fruit of an American plant
). Also, the plant itself
(popularly called mandrake
), which has two lobed leaves,
and bears a single egg-shaped fruit at the forking. The
root and leaves, used in medicine, are powerfully drastic.
, May bug
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous
species of large lamellicorn beetles that appear in the
winged state in May. They belong to Melolontha
allied genera. Called also June beetle
, the first day of May; -- celebrated in the rustic
parts of England by the crowning of a May queen with a
garland, and by dancing about a May pole.
, the morning dew of the first day of May, to which
magical properties were attributed.
(Bot.), a plant that flowers in May; also, its
blossom. See Mayflower
, in the vocabulary.
(Zo["o]l.), any species of Ephemera
, and allied
genera; -- so called because the mature flies of many
species appear in May. See Ephemeral fly
, any May-day sport.
, the queen or lady of May, in old May games.
(Bot.), the lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis
. See Maypole
in the Vocabulary.
, a girl or young woman crowned queen in the
sports of May Day.
, the hawthorn.