Definition of mandrake noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmændreɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændreɪk//
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a poisonous plant used to make drugs, especially ones to make people sleep, thought in the past to have magic powers Word OriginMiddle English mandrag(g)e, from Middle Dutch mandrag(r)e, from medieval Latin mandragora; associated with man (because of the root) + drake in the Old English sense ‘dragon’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mandrake