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mandrake: poisonous plant of the genus Mandragora, native to Southern Europe and the East, having emetic and narcotic properties; its forked root is thought to resemble the human form and was fabled to utter a shriek when pulled up 2H6 III. ii. 310 “the m-'s groan,” Rom. IV. iii. 48 “shrieks like m-s torn out of the earth” ; as a term of abuse 2H4 I. ii. 16, III. ii. 342.
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