1. <botany> An East Indian plant (Nardostachys Jatamansi) of the Valerian family, used from remote ages in Oriental perfumery.

2. An ointment prepared partly from this plant. See Spikenard.

3. <botany> A kind of grass (Nardus stricta) of little value, found in Europe and Asia.

Origin: AS, fr. L. Nardus, Gr.; cf. Heb. Nerd, Per. Nard, Scr. Nalada.

(01 Mar 1998)

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