• WordNet 3.6
    • n mandrake a plant of southern Europe and North Africa having purple flowers, yellow fruits and a forked root formerly thought to have magical powers
    • n mandrake the root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a narcotic
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • mandrake (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. "And shrieks like mandrakes , torn out of the earth,
      That living mortals, hearing them, run mad."
    • mandrake (Bot) The May apple (Podophyllum peltatum). See May apple under May, and Podophyllum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mandrake A plant of the genus Mandragora. The mandrake has poisonous properties, and acts as an emetic, purgative, and narcotic. It was in use in ancient times especially for its narcotic effects, and is said to have been employed as an anesthetic. It has been regarded as an aphrodisiac, and used in amorous incantations, as a love-amulet, etc. According to an old fancy the mandrake shrieks when pulled from the ground. The resemblance of its commonly forked root to the human body is probably the ground of this superstition, as well as of the repute of the plant as an aphrodisiac.
    • n mandrake The May-apple, Podophyllum peltatum.
    • n mandrake In heraldry, a figure resembling a root with two long and pointed bifurcations usually twisted together, and the whole crowned with leaves and berries.
    • n mandrake The enchanter's nightshade, Circæa Lutetiana.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mandrake man′drāk a plant of the genus Mandragora, with narcotic properties, once regarded as an aphrodisiac, shrieking when pulled out of the ground
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. mandragora, L. mandragoras, fr. Gr. mandrago`ras: cf. F. mandragore,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. mandragoras.


In literature:

It is the first time he has known refusal, and it maddens him like mandrake.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
His style shrieks sometimes like a ghoul tugging at the roots of a mandrake.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
There some men gave him a mandrake, and on his return home he found a bag of ducats on the table.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
The narcotic plant, the mandrake, is also credited with groaning, though I cannot say I have ever heard it.
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
Turning first to Germany, we note the beliefs, not about the potato, but about another vegetable, the mandrake.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
Both mandrake and periwinkle were supposed to be endowed with mysterious powers against demoniacal possession.
"The Old English Herbals" by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
The common Watershield, the Nelumbium, and the White Water-lily, and also the Mandrake, exhibit this sort of leaf.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
Mandrake was employed, and has not as yet gone entirely out of use.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
In the earlier part of the same chapter is a story relating to mandrakes, which were supposed to have influence on human generation.
"Homo-culture" by Martin Luther Holbrook
His views are the outcome of a long and sluggish growth, and cling like mandrakes to the roots of his being.
"The African Colony" by John Buchan
On past cool deeps of poplar, where the mandrake grew, and the sweet fern spread its magnificent leaves.
"Rose of Dutcher's Coolly" by Hamlin Garland
They identify it with the mandrake.
"Wild Life in a Southern County" by Richard Jefferies
To our food was added an almost unlimited supply of wild gooseberries and blackberries, and the mandrake apples were ripening.
"The Cassowary" by Stanley Waterloo
You shou'd speak it like a Ghost, like a Giant, like a Mandrake, and you speak it like a Mouse.
"The Female Wits" by Anonymous
Powdered mandrake, 1 table-spoonful.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
The fish has in one respect affinity with the mandrake.
"Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism With an Essay on Baal Worship, On The Assyrian Sacred "Grove," And Other" by Thomas Inman John Newton
The action of the drug appears to be entirely psychic, and comparable to that of the mandrake of the Hebrews.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1" by Various
The mandrake has a place in it also.
"The Magic of the Middle Ages" by Viktor Rydberg
Mandrakes upon known account have lived near an hundred yeares.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne
In the same manner Mandrake followed with Dame Drusilda, while after him came Boundingbore with Violet and Daffodil.
"The Brownies and Prince Florimel" by Palmer Cox

In poetry:

"Let me grow, then, but mildews and mandrakes,
And slimy distortions,
Let nevermore things good and lovely
To me appertain;
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Wild-ginger; wahoo, with its wan balloons;
And brakes of briers of a twilight green;
And fox-grapes plumed with summer; and strung moons
Of mandrake flowers between.
"The Wood" by Madison Julius Cawein
Men that dig up a mandrake know dis-ease.
This body is committed to its bones
Down where the taproots of New England trees
Suck bare existence from the broken stones.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
"Tear up the despot's laurels by the root,
Like mandrakes, shrieking as they quit the soil!
Feed us no more upon the blood-red fruit
That sucks its crimson from the heart of Toil!
"Humboldt’s Birthday" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Poor Rizpah comes to reap each newly-fallen bone
That once thrilled soft, a little limb, within her womb;
And mark yon alchemist, with zodiac-spangled zone,
Wrenching the mandrake root that fattens in the gloom.
"Tree-Worship" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Tom Wheeler to rewrite ' Mandrake the Magician'.
"Puss in Boots" scribe Tom Wheeler has been brought on to rewrite " Mandrake the Magician" for Warner Bros and Atlas Entertainment.
Created by Lee Falk in 1934, the ' Mandrake ' comic strip centered on an illusionist who had the power to hypnotize his foes at great speed.
Warner Bros Plots ' Mandrake the Magician' Movie (Exclusive).
Rhys Meyers dons cape for ' Mandrake '.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star as the eponymous hero of Omega Entertainment and Baldwin Entertainment Group's " Mandrake ," with "The Scorpion King" helmer Chuck Russell behind the camera, the backers said Tuesday.
" MANDRAKE " is the kind of musical that Cole Porter might have written had he survived into the age when actors could casually toss around four-letter words.
Redgrave hammers home this mandrake-root imagery, and also overplays other elements such as the Donne poem and bits of Shakespeare.
Who was Mandrake the Magician.

In science:

To perform calculations, we used GNU Octave running in Mandrake Linux.
Nonlinear analysis of EAS clusters
Downloads were performed from the Uppsala server using different FTP clients installed on a dual booting (Mandrake 8.0 Linux and W2K) P-III 1 GHz machine in Lund.
Performance evaluation of the GridFTP within the NorduGrid project