[ spahyk-nerd, -nahrd ]
/ ˈspaɪk nərd, -nɑrd /
an aromatic, Indian plant, Nardostachys jatamansi, of the valerian family, believed to be the nard of the ancients.
an aromatic substance used by the ancients, supposed to be obtained from this plant.
any of various other plants, especially an American plant, Aralia racemosa, of the ginseng family, having an aromatic root.
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Examples from the Web for spikenard
Cumfrey and Spikenard are so well known that they need no describing.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
Spikenard and myrabolans from the province of Columbaia , 600 leagues from Calicut.
The Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) belongs to the natural order Valerianace.The Romance of Plant Life|G. F. Scott Elliot
British Dictionary definitions for spikenard
/ (ˈspaɪknɑːd, ˈspaɪkəˌnɑːd) /
an aromatic Indian valerianaceous plant, Nardostachys jatamans, having rose-purple flowers
an aromatic ointment obtained from this plant
any of various similar or related plants
a North American araliaceous plant, Aralia racemosa, having small green flowers and an aromatic root
Also called (for senses 1, 2): nard
Word Origin for spikenard
C14: from Medieval Latin spīca nardī; see spike ², nard
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