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Spikenard

SPIKENARD (נֵרְדְּ, H5948; Gr. νάρδος, G3726). Sometimes called “nard.” A fragrant ointment obtained from an E Indian plant, Nardostachys jatamansi. This member of the Valerian family has fragrant fibrous roots. The Royal Horticultural Society’s Dictionary (1951) calls it “the spikenard of the ancients.”