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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mandrag, -drak, n. [ME. mandragge (Wyclif), mondrake (a 1310), e.m.E. mandrag, -drake, shortened f. mandragora Mandragore (cf. MDu. mandrage, mandragre).] The poisonous plant, the mandrake. Only transf. or fig. and as a term of abuse. —(a) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 29.
Mandrag, mymmerkin, maid maister bot in mowis
Id. lx. 21. c1530-40 Stewart Bann. MS. 140 a/7. Id. Ib. 140 b/6.
The monstrows mandraggis Wall myre ane studfull of staggis
(b) a1568 Bann. MS. 127 b/33.
The mandrak had hir bittin so soir In this his vennemous rege
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 65 (T). Ib. 283.

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