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nutmeg

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noun nut·meg \ˈnət-ˌmeg, -ˌmāg\

Simple Definition of nutmeg

  • : a spice made from the hard seed of a tropical tree and used in cooking and baking

Full Definition of nutmeg

  1. 1 :  an aromatic seed produced by an evergreen tree (Myristica fragrans of the family Myristicaceae, the nutmeg family) native to the Moluccas; also :  the ground seed used as a spice — compare mace 2

  2. 2 :  a tree yielding nutmeg

Origin of nutmeg

Middle English notemigge, notemuge, ultimately from Old Occitan noz muscada, from noz nut (from Latin nuc-, nux) + muscada, feminine of muscat musky — more at muscat


First Known Use: 15th century


NUTMEG Defined for Kids

nutmeg

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noun nut·meg \ˈnət-ˌmeg\

Definition of nutmeg

  1. :  a spice made from the ground seeds of a small tropical evergreen tree




Medical Dictionary

nutmeg

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noun nut·meg \ˈnət-ˌmeg, -ˌmāg\

Medical Definition of nutmeg

  1. 1:  an aromatic seed that is used as a spice and is produced by a tree of the genus Myristica (M. fragrans of the family Myristicaceae, the nutmeg family) native to the Moluccas—called also myristica

  2. 2:  a tree that produces nutmegs





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