One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The mandrake, especially when used as a narcotic.
- ‘Here's Cleopatra calling out ‘give me mandragora, that I might sleep’.’
- ‘Also, from the leaves of mandragora, a concoction is produced which can be given to those who have need for amputation.’
- ‘Cleopatra asks Charmian for mandragora to pass the time while she waits for Antony to come back.’
- ‘There were attempts at anesthesia to reduce pain: sponges were impregnated with opium or mandragora and placed in the mouth or nose.’
- ‘Among the plants and herbs that were sacred to Hecate was the mandragora or mandrake.’
Old English, via medieval Latin from Latin and Greek mandragoras.
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