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Nardus specudy, specarye. Also: specatyve. (Corruptly derived f. a confusion of the nom. and gen. forms of L. nardus spīcātus (gen. nardi spīcāti) nard, spikenard, which appears (e.g. John xii. 3) in the latter form in the Vulgate. OE., ME. and e.m.E. have nardus in the Latin form and ME. (Wyclif) and e.m.E. narde in the derived OF. form: see also Narde n. The form specatyve is a further alteration on a quasi-L. adjectival pattern.) — c1500 Makc. MS. iv. 11.
Thi feit annontit Mare Magdalene With pracius balme & nardus specudy [Arund. specatyve]
1535 Stewart 51958.
The bludie hart, the quhilk with spycarie Anoyntit wes and nardus specarye

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