Mandragora


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mandrake

, mandragora
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

Mandragora

 

a genus of plants of the family Solanaceae. They are perennial stemless or short-stemmed herbs with thick, straight roots that sometimes resemble human figures (for this reason, in ancient times these plants were said to have magical powers, and numerous legends were associated with them). The large entire leaves measure up to 80 cm long and are gathered in dense rosettes. The flowers, which are solitary and five-parted, are greenish white, light blue, or violet. The fruit is a large orange or yellow berry. There are five or six species, distributed in the Mediterranean region, Southwest and Middle Asia, and the Himalayas. One species, Mandragora turcomanica, is found in the USSR, in the western Kopetdag. The roots, fruits, and seeds of mandrake (M. officinarum) and M. autumnalis contain several alkaloids, including hyoscyamine and scopolamine, which are sometimes used as pain-killers.

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Doctor Who - The Masque Of Mandragora (Cert PG, 100 mins, BBC DVD, pounds 19.
Or boil black hyoscyamus in water, with mandragora bark, until it becomes red, and then add this to the wine.
Ferdinand can't seem to keep a girlfriend--he broke up with Lani, who is a mandragora (a combination of a girl and a plant), when he caught her in bed with his best friend.
The combination of sleeping and feeding has come earlier in the play, when Cleopatra wants Mandragora to sleep out the time of Antony's absence, and will come again when Octavius 'words' her, urging her to 'sleep and feed' (v.
Last summer at The Yard, an arts colony devoted entirely to dance, he spent a month making Mandragora Vulgaris, a work based on the medieval legend of the mandrake root.
Its Italianate splendour also made Portmeirion the ideal location for the Doctor Who story The Masque of Mandragora.
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Floire's father has an orchard Mandragora was planted there, And all of the herbs and flowers In all of the many colors.
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Emily Barton explores noitons of society and societal changes in her first novel, The Testament of Yves Gundron, Yeoman Farmer of Mandragora Village, Being a Treatise on the Nature of Change and on the Coming of the New World.
Opium and alcohol had long been used as analgesics, and Dioscorides, who lived at the beginning of the Christian era, urged that the root of Atrop Mandragora (mandrake) steeped in wine be given to patients before facing the knife.