[Middle English, from Latin mandragorâs. MANDRAKE.]
1. a. A southern European plant (Mandragora officinarum) having greenish-yellow flowers and a branched root. This plant was once believed to have magical powers because its root resembles the human body. b. The root of this plant, which contains the poisonous alkaloid hyoscyamine. Also called mandragora.
2. MAY APPLE.
[Middle English, alteration (influenced by drake, dragon). DRAKE, of mandragora, from Old English, from Latin mandragorâs, from Greek.]
May apple noun
1. A rhizomatous plant (Podophyllum peltatum) of eastern North America, having a single, nodding white flower and oval yellow fruit. Although the pulp of the ripe fruit is edible, the roots, leaves, and seeds of the plant are poisonous.
2. The fruit of this plant. Also called mandrake.