nutmeg

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nut·meg

noun \ˈnət-ˌmeg, -ˌmāg\

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

Full Definition of NUTMEG

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
:  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

nut·meg

noun \ˈnət-ˌmeg, -ˌmāg\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NUTMEG

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
: a tree that produces nutmegs

nutmeg

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)—G.R. Roberts

Spice made from the seed of a tropical tree (Myristica fragrans), native to the Moluccas of Indonesia. It has a distinctive pungent fragrance and is used in cooking and sachets and as incense. The tree yields fruit eight years after sowing, reaches its prime in 25 years, and bears fruit for 60 years or longer. The name nutmeg is also applied in different countries to other fruits or seeds, including the Brazilian nutmeg (Cryptocarya moschata), the Peruvian nutmeg (Laurelia aromatica), and the California nutmeg (Torreya californica).

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