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. [1913 Webster
" The mandrake of Scripture was perhaps the same plant, but proof is wanting."
"And shrieks like mandrakes, torn out of the earth,
That living mortals, hearing them, run mad."