nard

[ nahrd ]
/ nɑrd /

noun

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

1350–1400; Middle English narde < Latin nardus < Greek nárdos < Semitic; compare Hebrew nērd

Related forms

nar·dine [nahr-din, -dahyn] /ˈnɑr dɪn, -daɪn/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nardine

nard

/ (nɑːd) /

noun

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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