Podophyllum peltatum
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]


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  • Podophyllum peltatum — Podophyllum Pod o*phyl lum, n. [NL., fr. Gr. poy s, podo s, foot + fy llon leaf.] 1. (Bot.) A genus of herbs of the Barberry family, having large palmately lobed peltate leaves and solitary flower. There are two species, the American {Podophyllum …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Podophyllum peltatum — Podophyllum Pod o*phyl lum, n. [NL., fr. Gr. poy s, podo s, foot + fy llon leaf.] 1. (Bot.) A genus of herbs of the Barberry family, having large palmately lobed peltate leaves and solitary flower. There are two species, the American {Podophyllum …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Podophyllum peltatum — Mayapple Mayapple in flower Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Divi …   Wikipedia

  • Podophyllum peltatum — mayapple mayapple, may apple may apple . 1. North American herb ({Podophyllum peltatum}) with poisonous root stock and an edible though insipid egg shaped yellowish fruit; called also {wild mandrake}. Syn: May apple, wild mandrake, {Podophyllum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Podophyllum peltatum — mayapple mayapple, may apple may apple . 1. North American herb ({Podophyllum peltatum}) with poisonous root stock and an edible though insipid egg shaped yellowish fruit; called also {wild mandrake}. Syn: May apple, wild mandrake, {Podophyllum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Podophyllum peltatum — skydinis pėdlapis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Raugerškinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Podophyllum peltatum), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Podophyllum peltatum angl. American mandrake; mayapple; wild mandrake… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Podophyllum peltatum — Podophyllin Pod o*phyl lin, n. [From {Podophyllum}.] (Chem.) A brown bitter gum extracted from the rootstalk of the May apple ({Podophyllum peltatum}). It is a complex mixture of several substances. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Podophyllum peltatum — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The early part or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Podophyllum peltatum — Duck s foot Duck s foot , n. (Bot.) The May apple ({Podophyllum peltatum}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Podophyllum peltatum — ID 65661 Symbol Key POPE Common Name mayapple Family Berberidaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS …   USDA Plant Characteristics

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