noun Etymology: Middle English, probably alteration of mandragora Date: 14th century 1. a. a Mediterranean herb (Mandragora officinarum) of the nightshade family with large ovate leaves, greenish-yellow or purple flowers, and a large usually forked root resembling a human in form and formerly credited with magical properties b. the root of a mandrake formerly used especially to promote conception, as a cathartic, or as a narcotic and soporific 2. mayapple

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