nard

[nahrd]
noun
  1. an aromatic Himalayan plant, believed to be the spikenard, Nardostachys jatamansi, the source of an ointment used by the ancients.
  2. the ointment.

Origin of nard

1350–1400; Middle English narde < Latin nardus < Greek nárdos < Semitic; compare Hebrew nērd
Related formsnar·dine [nahr-din, -dahyn] /ˈnɑr dɪn, -daɪn/, adjective
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nard

noun
  1. another name for spikenard (def. 1), spikenard (def. 2)
  2. any of several plants, such as certain valerians, whose aromatic roots were formerly used in medicine

Word Origin for nard

C14: via Latin from Greek nárdos, perhaps ultimately from Sanskrit nalada Indian spikenard, perhaps via Semitic (Hebrew nēr'd, Arabic nārdīn)
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Word Origin and History for nard
n.

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).

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