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Mandrakes (Heb. love plants). Modern Bible scholars apply this name to a member of the potato family (Mandragora officinalis). This is a stemless plant with a disk of leaves almost as long, but not nearly as broad, as those of the garden rhubarb, which it somewhat resembles, except in its blossoms. The odor of the plant seems to be enjoyed by Orientals, Song of Solomon 7:13, and by some Occidentals. Many strange superstitions are connected with this plant, and the idea of Rachel's time still prevails that conception is ensured by eating the fruit of this plant. Genesis 30:14-16.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Mandrakes'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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