One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The Himalayan spikenard.
- ‘Though nard is now rare on the shelves of the western perfumer, its name stood for centuries as an evocation of the perfume of the lost Garden of Eden.’
- ‘As with kinamon, it also appears in Shir HaShirim, originates in India and gave its name to the same spice in English - in this case "nard" or "spikenard".’
Late Old English, via Latin from Greek nardos; related to Sanskrit nalada, narada.
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