In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Assistants held the patient securely and some sedation such as mandrake root or solution of opium was given, a concoction which probably stiffened the surgeon's resolve rather than mollified the patient.
- Plants, such as the mandrake, orchid, and sweet potato, have, as the history of folk medicine reveals, been credited with rejuvenating properties.
- This is true of many old medicinal plants like the mandrake, an herb which grows around the Mediterranean.
- It was thought that mandrakes sprang up beneath gallows, with the root taking on the shape of the person who'd been hanged.
- His experiences of living in Rome produced Limitatio, a painting that includes variations on the already fantastic shapes of mandrake roots, based on an illustration in a medieval manuscript at the Vatican Library.
- Millie picked up a piece of mandrake root and broke it.
- Last summer at The Yard, an arts colony devoted entirely to dance, he spent a month making Mandragora Vulgaris, a work based on the medieval legend of the mandrake root.
- They are easily frightened, and can only be lured out of their nesting grounds with offerings of mandrake root.
- She's an old woman pulling out a maple sapling by its roots and trying to recall a song she once knew about mandrakes.
- Colin, staring at a jar of mandrake roots, turns to her, smiling.
- This discussion of mandrakes introduces the larger issues of the nature of magic and the magic of nature.
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