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1. An aromatic perennial herb (Nardostachys grandiflora) of the Himalaya Mountains, having rose-purple flowers. Also called nard.
2. An ointment of antiquity, probably prepared from this plant.
3. 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.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin spīca nardī : Latin spīca, spike, ear + Latin nardī, genitive of nardus, nard.]
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(ˈspaɪknɑːd; ˈspaɪkəˌnɑːd)
1. (Plants) an aromatic Indian valerianaceous plant, Nardostachys jatamans, having rose-purple flowers
2. (Elements & Compounds) an aromatic ointment obtained from this plant
3. (Plants) any of various similar or related plants
4. (Plants) a North American araliaceous plant, Aralia racemosa, having small green flowers and an aromatic root
Also called (for senses 1, 2): nard
[C14: from Medieval Latin spīca nardī; see spike2, nard]
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(ˈspaɪk nərd, -nɑrd)

1. an aromatic Indian plant, Nardostachys jatamansi, of the valerian family.
2. an aromatic substance used by the ancients, supposed to be obtained from this plant.
3. any of various other plants, esp. an American plant, Aralia racemosa, of the ginseng family, having an aromatic root.
[1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin spīca nardī. See spike2, nard]
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Noun1.spikenard - an aromatic ointment used in antiquityspikenard - an aromatic ointment used in antiquity
emollient, ointment, cream - toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
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[ˈspaɪknɑːd] Nnardo m
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Conservation of Himalayan medicinal plants: harvesting patterns and ecology of two threatened species, Nardostachys grandiflora DC.
Nardostachys grandiflora is among the highly renowned medicinal and aromatic plants of this region.