spikenard

noun
spike·​nard | \ ˈspīk-ˌnärd \

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

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

noun
spike·​nard | \ ˈspīk-ˌnärd \

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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