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spikenard

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noun spike·nard \ˈspīk-ˌnärd\

Definition of spikenard

  1. 1a :  a fragrant ointment of the ancientsb :  a Himalayan aromatic plant (Nardostachys jatamansi) of the valerian family from which spikenard is believed to have been derived

  2. 2 :  a North American perennial herb (Aralia racemosa) of the ginseng family with an aromatic root and panicled umbels



Origin of spikenard

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French spicanarde, from Medieval Latin spica nardi, literally, spike of nard


First Known Use: 14th century


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spikenard

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noun spike·nard \ˈspīk-ˌnärd\

Medical Definition of spikenard

  1. 1a:  a fragrant ointment of the ancientsb:  a Himalayan aromatic plant (Nardostachys jatamansi) from which spikenard is believed to have been derived

  2. 2:  an American herb of the genus Aralia (A. racemosa) whose dried rhizome and roots have been used as a diaphoretic and aromatic




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