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Meaning of SPIKENARD

Pronunciation:  'spIknurd

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  an aromatic ointment used in antiquity
 

SPIKENARD is a 9 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: nard
 
 See Also: cream, emollient, ointment

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Spike"nard\, n.[For spiked nard; cf. G. spieknarde,
NL. spica nardi. See {Spike} an ear, and {Nard}.]
1. (Bot.) 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.

2. A fragrant essential oil, as that from the {Nardostachys
   Jatamansi}.

 
Easton Bible Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

(Heb. nerd), a much-valued perfume (Cant. 1:12; 4:13, 14). It was "very precious", i.e., very costly (Mark 14:3; John 12:3,5). It is the root of an Indian plant, the Nardostachys jatamansi, of the family of Valeriance, growing on the Himalaya mountains. It is distinguished by its having many hairy spikes shooting out from one root. It is called by the Arabs sunbul Hindi, "the Indian spike." In the New Testament this word is the rendering of the Greek nardos pistike. The margin of the Revised Version in these passages has "pistic nard," pistic being perhaps a local name. Some take it to mean genuine, and others liquid. The most probable opinion is that the word pistike designates the nard as genuine or faithfully prepared.

 

 

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