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[Middle English narde, from Old French, from Latin nardus, from Greek nardos, probably ultimately from Sanskrit naladam, Indian spikenard.]
2. (Plants) any of several plants, such as certain valerians, whose aromatic roots were formerly used in medicine
[C14: via Latin from Greek nárdos, perhaps ultimately from Sanskrit nalada Indian spikenard, perhaps via Semitic (Hebrew nēr'd, Arabic nārdīn)]
an aromatic Himalayan plant, Nardostachysjatamansi, of the valerian family, believed to be the spikenard, the source of an ointment used by the ancients.
[1350–1400; Middle English narde < Latin nardus < Greek nárdos < Semitic; compare Hebrew nērd]
nar′dine (-dɪn, -daɪn) adj.