from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An aromatic perennial herb (Nardostachys jatamansi) of the Himalaya Mountains, having rose-purple flowers. Also called nard.
- n. An ointment of antiquity, probably prepared from this aromatic plant.
- n. A North American plant (Aralia racemosa) having small greenish flowers, aromatic roots, and bipinnately compound leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A perfumed ointment.
- n. The plant, Nardostachys jatamans, from which the ointment comes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An aromatic plant. In the United States it is the Aralia racemosa, often called spignet, and used as a medicine. The spikenard of the ancients is the Nardostachys Jatamansi, a native of the Himalayan region. From its blackish roots a perfume for the hair is still prepared in India.
- n. A fragrant essential oil, as that from the Nardostachys Jatamansi.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant, the source of a famous perfumed unguent of the ancients, now believed to be Nardostachys Jatamansi, closely allied to valerian, found in the Himalayan region.
- n. An aromatic ointment of ancient times, in which spikenard was the characteristic ingredient; nard. It was extremely costly.
- n. A name given to various fragrant essential oils.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an aromatic ointment used in antiquity
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin spīca nardī : Latin spīca, spike, ear + Latin nardī, genitive of nardus, nard.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)