spikenard

noun spike·nard \ ˈspīk-ˌnärd \

Definition of spikenard

1 a :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

Origin and Etymology of 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

noun spike·nard \ ˈspīk-ˌnärd \

medical Definition of spikenard

1 a :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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