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noun nut·meg \ˈnət-ˌmeg, -ˌmāg\

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

Did You Know?

Nutmeg is native to the Moluccas, Indonesian islands in the Malay Archipelago of Southeast Asia. The word nutmeg, however, comes from Old Occitan, a Romance language spoken in southern France during the latter half of the Middle Ages. Old Occitan "noz muscada" combines "noz" ("nut"), from Latin nuc-, nux, with "muscada," a feminine form of muscat, meaning "musky." The history of "muscat" can in turn be traced back through Late Latin, Greek, and Middle Persian to a Sanskrit word meaning "mouse."

Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

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noun nut·meg \ˈnət-ˌmeg, -ˌmāg\

Definition of nutmeg for English Language Learners

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


NUTMEG Defined for Kids

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noun nut·meg \ˈnət-ˌmeg\

Definition of nutmeg for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

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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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