mandrake

n.

  1. 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.
  2. The May apple (Podophyllum peltatum). See May apple under May, and Podophyllum.