Definition of Mandragora officinarum
1. Noun. A plant of southern Europe and North Africa having purple flowers, yellow fruits and a forked root formerly thought to have magical powers.
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Mandragora, Mandragora
Terms within: Mandrake, Mandrake Root
Lexicographical Neighbors of Mandragora Officinarum
Literary usage of Mandragora officinarum
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia by James Orr (1915)
"... Mandrake (Mandragora officinarum). donna. It is a common plant all over Pal, flourishing particularly in the spring and ripening about the time of the ..."
2. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"MANDRAKE (mandragora officinarum), a stemless plant, with lanceolate 'leaves, concealing beneath them several pale violet-colored flowers, ..."
3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"MANDRAKE, Mandragora officinarum, L.., of the potato family, order Solanacées, is a native of Spain, Sicily, Crete, Cilicia, Syria, «be., and North Africa ..."
4. A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke (1902)
"Mandragora officinarum. Atropa mandragora. Mandrake. N. 0. Solanaceae. Tincture of plant without the root. Clinical.—Constipation. Characteristics. ..."