(In form Nardus) a monotypic genus of the family Gramineae, comprising mat-grass, Nardus stricta; (also nardus) the plant mat-grass (also "nardus grass").
Valid publication of the genus name: Linnaeus Species Plantarum (1753) I. 53.
Old English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin nardus (feminine; also nardum, neuter) the plant nard, a fragrant oil prepared from this plant from Hellenistic Greek νάρδος (feminine; also νάρδον, neuter) the plant nard, a fragrant oil prepared from this plant, perhaps ultimately from Sanskrit nalada, narada the plant nard. Compare Dutch nardus.