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 springtime of life. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Italian may} (Bot.), a shrubby species of {Spir[ae]a} ({Spir[ae]a 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} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (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}, 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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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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 — 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… …   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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