from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See spikenard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flowering plant of the Valerian family that grows in the Himalayas of China, used as a perfume, an incense, a sedative, and an herbal medicine said to fight insomnia, flatulence, birth difficulties, and other minor ailments.
  • n. A fragrant oil formerly much prized from the plant.
  • n. American 1980s slang word for testicles, equivalent to balls or nuts. Example: The soccer ball hit me right in the nards!

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An East Indian plant (Nardostachys Jatamansi) of the Valerian family, used from remote ages in Oriental perfumery.
  • n. An ointment prepared partly from this plant. See Spikenard.
  • n. A kind of grass (Nardus stricta) of little value, found in Europe and Asia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To anoint with nard.
  • n. A plant: same as spikenard. See Nardostachys.
  • n. An aromatic unguent prepared from this plant.
  • n. Same as mat-grass, 2. See also Nardus.
  • n. A European plant, Valeriana Celtica, formerly used in medicine; also, one of other species of valerian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an aromatic ointment used in antiquity


Middle English narde, from Old French, from Latin nardus, from Greek nardos, probably ultimately from Sanskrit naladam, Indian spikenard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English narde, from Latin nardus, from Ancient Greek νάρδος (nárdos), ultimately from Sanskrit नरद (nárada, "Indian spikenard"). (Wiktionary)


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