(3 syl.). Black hellebore, so called from Melampus, a famous soothsayer and physician, who cured with it the daughters of Prætus of their melancholy. (Virgil Georgics, iii. 550.)
My seely sheep, like well below, They need not melampode; For they been hale enough I trow, And liken their abode.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894