3487. nardos
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nardos: nard, ointment of nard
Original Word: νάρδος, ου, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: nardos
Phonetic Spelling: (nar'dos)
Short Definition: spikenard, a perfume
Definition: spikenard, a perfume made originally from a plant growing on the Himalayas.

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3487 nárdos – nard (spikenard); an Indian plant, "the nardostachys nardus jatamansi, used for the preparation of a fragrant ointment; ointment of nard: Mk 14:3; Jn 12:3" (Abbott-Smith). When refined, nard is a "perfume, made originally from the 'Nardostachys Jatamansi' growing on the Himalayas" (Souter).

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
of foreign origin, cf. nerd
nard, ointment of nard
NASB Translation
nard (2).

STRONGS NT 3487: νάρδος

νάρδος, νάρδου, (a Sanskrit word (cf. Fick as in Löw below); Hebrew נֵרְדְּ, Song of Solomon 1:12; Song of Solomon 4:13f);

a. nard, the head or spike of a fragrant East Indian plant belonging to the genus Valeriana, which yields a juice of delicious odor which the ancients used (either pure or mixed) in the preparation of a most precious ointment; hence,

b. nard oil or ointment; so Mark 14:3; John 12:3. Cf. Winer, RWB under the word Narde; Rüetschi in Herzog x., p. 203; Furrer in Schenkel, p. 286f; (Löw, Aramäische Pflanzennamen (Leip. 1881), § 316, p. 368f; Royle in Alex.'s Kitto under the word Nerd; Birdwood in the 'Bible Educator' ii. 152).


Of foreign origin (compare nerd); "nard" -- (spike-)nard.

see HEBREW nerd

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