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Definition of MANDRAKE

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mandrake root \mandrake root\ n.
     The root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a narcotic; as a substance it is also called {mandrake}. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

mandrake \man"drake\ (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 Mediterranean region. [1913 Webster]

              And shrieks like mandrakes, torn out of the earth, That living mortals, hearing them, run mad. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The mandrake of Scripture was perhaps the same plant, but proof is wanting. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Bot.) The May apple ({Podophyllum peltatum}). See {May apple} under {May}, and {Podophyllum}. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

May \May\, 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.
        --Chaucer.
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     2. The early part or springtime of life.
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              His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Bot.) The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn. [1913 Webster]

              The palm and may make country houses gay. --Nash. [1913 Webster]

              Plumes that mocked the may.           --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     4. The merrymaking of May Day. --Tennyson.
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     {Italian may} (Bot.), a shrubby species of {Spiraea} ({Spiraea hypericifolia}) with many clusters of small white flowers along the slender branches.

     {May apple} (Bot.), the fruit of an American plant ({Podophyllum peltatum}). 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 beetle}, {May bug} (Zool.), any one of numerous species of large lamellicorn beetles that appear in the winged state in May. They belong to {Melolontha}, and allied genera. Called also {June beetle}.

     {May Day}, 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.

     {May dew}, the morning dew of the first day of May, to which magical properties were attributed.

     {May flower} (Bot.), a plant that flowers in May; also, its blossom. See {Mayflower}, in the vocabulary.

     {May fly} (Zool.), any species of {Ephemera}, and allied genera; -- so called because the mature flies of many species appear in May. See {Ephemeral fly}, under {Ephemeral}.

     {May game}, any May-day sport.

     {May lady}, the queen or lady of May, in old May games.

     {May lily} (Bot.), the lily of the valley ({Convallaria majalis}).

     {May pole}. See {Maypole} in the Vocabulary.

     {May queen}, a girl or young woman crowned queen in the sports of May Day.

     {May thorn}, the hawthorn.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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