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The European mandrake, Mandragora officinalis, or Atropa mandragora (family Solanaceae), the mandrake mentioned in the Bible; its properties are similar to those of stramonium, hyoscyamus, and belladonna.
[G. mandragoras]


Herbal medicine
A trivial name given to a family of medicinal herbs of the nightshade family:
(1) Mayapple, see there; Podophyllum peltatum;
(2) A Mediterranean perennial of the nightshade family that contains alkaloids, including hyoscyamine, mandragorin and podophyllin; it was once used as an anaesthetic and sedative. The hyoscyamine in mandrake, which is a deliriant hallucinogenic tropane alkaloid, and the root’s vague resemblance to the naked human body have made it popular in neopagan religions such as Wicca and Germanic revivalism religions such as Odinism.
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He demonstrated its reversible hypnotic properties in hens (xvii) and he also contrasted its different pharmacological action with those of the more poisonous opium, Hyoscyamus (henbane), Papaver (poppy) and Mandragora (xviii), urging his pupils 'They--the sulphura--have the effect of producing so quiet and mild a sleep that they can be used without any ill consequences.
Atropa mandragora, formerly Mandragora officinalis.
It is the story of Peter, a young man released from prison who returns to Mandragora to his sister's ostrich farm.
He also relates the rituals and folk-beliefs associated with the gathering of mandragora.
Dioscorides describes the Mandragora plant as follows: "One kind of this plant is female, the black one, called thridacias, having leaves narrower and smaller than the lettuce's, fetid and heavy in scent, streaming on the ground, and among them fruit resembling sorb apples, pale-green in colour, sweet smelling--containing seed like the pear's.
One of the earliest literary references to mandragora is found in the Bible (c.
I gave him a drug, but a soporific, mandragora, well known for its proven lethargic effect, which produces a coma very much like death .
Hermione answers: "Mandrake, or Mandragora, is a powerful restorative .
Mandragoras officinarum belongs to the Solanaceae family of plants and contains 0, 3-4% of tropane based alkaloids.
1967 Second Doctor Patrick Troughton filmed a story called The Abominable Snowmen in the Nant Ffrancon Pass in Snowdonia, which doubled for the Himalayas and featured the monstrous Yeti 1976 Fourth Doctor Tom Baker filmed The Masque Of Mandragora at Portmeirion, near Porthmadog, which doubled for Renaissance Italy.
The exhibitions would include Magic Lanterns (we might begin with these), flights, artificial meteors, all sorts of optical wonders; a representation of the heavens and stars and of comets; a globe like that of Gottorp at Jena; fire-works, water fountains, strangely shaped boats; Mandragoras and other rare plants.
An anaesthetic drug might be considered, such as mandragoras (mandrake), which was an ingredient in a prescribed potion, to be taken in unmixed wine, by a patient smitten with quartan fever (Hippocrates, Diseases 2.