spikenard

noun
spike·​nard | \ ˈspīk-ˌnärd How to pronounce spikenard (audio) \

Definition of spikenard

1a : a fragrant ointment of the ancients
b : a Himalayan aromatic plant (Nardostachys jatamansi) of the valerian family from which spikenard is believed to have been derived
2 : a North American perennial herb (Aralia racemosa) of the ginseng family with an aromatic root and panicled umbels

Examples of spikenard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in the chapter that follows, immediately after this story, Jesus submits to the anointing of Lazarus’ sister Mary, who breaks open a costly lot of spikenard and anoints his feet with it (12:3). The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of spikenard

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spikenard

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

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“Spikenard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spikenard. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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spikenard

noun
spike·​nard | \ ˈspīk-ˌnärd How to pronounce spikenard (audio) \

Medical Definition of spikenard

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