- a fragrant ointment used in ancient times
- an Asian plant (Nardostachys jatamansi) of the valerian family that yielded this ointment
- ⌂ a perennial North American plant (Aralia racemosa) of the ginseng family, with whitish flowers, purplish berries, and fragrant roots
Origin of spikenardMiddle English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin spica nardi ; from Classical Latin spica, an ear of grain (see spike) + nardus, nard
- An aromatic perennial herb (Nardostachys grandiflora) of the Himalaya Mountains, having rose-purple flowers. Also called nard.
- An ointment of antiquity, probably prepared from this plant.
- Any of several plants of the genus Aralia, especially the North American species A. racemosa, having small greenish flowers, aromatic roots, and bipinnately compound leaves.
Origin of spikenardMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin sp&imacron;ca nard&imacron; : Latin sp&imacron;ca, spike, ear + Latin nard&imacron;, genitive of nardus, nard.
- A perfumed ointment.
- The plant, Nardostachys jatamans, from which the ointment comes.
- Nard, Lavandula stoechas, another species used in antiquity to produce an aromatic oil.
- All plants of Aralia, which is a genus of Araliaceae family;
- False spikenard, or wild spikenard, plant species from the Smilacina genus
- Ploughman's-spikenard, Inula conyza.
- Wild spikenard, Asarum europaeum