- an aromatic Himalayan plant, believed to be the spikenard, Nardostachys jatamansi, the source of an ointment used by the ancients.
- the ointment.
Origin of nard
Examples from the Web for nard
I can “break the ball of nard,” and make perfume, “but still the sleeper sleeps.”My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year</p>
John Henry Jowett
Thus he mentions pira nardina, a pear with the scent of nard; pira onynchina, a pear of the colour of the fingernail, and others.The Book of Pears and Plums
Nard, nrd, n. an aromatic plant usually called Spikenard: an ointment prepared from it.
"The warmth of thy garments hath a goodlier smell than myrrh, than nard," he is saying, avidly touching her ear with his lips.Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity
So all the fire is continually a-crackle, amidst a thin smoke of a smell like nard.The Three Mulla-mulgars
Walter De La Mare
Word Origin and History for nard
late 14c., from Old French narde (Modern French nard), from Latin nardus, from Greek nardos, of Eastern origin (cf. Hebrew ner'd, plural n'radim; Arabic and Persian nardin, Sanskrit narada, nalada, name of an aromatic balsam).