nutmeg

noun
nut·​meg | \ ˈnət-ˌmeg How to pronounce nutmeg (audio) , -ˌmāg\

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 sense 2
2 : a tree yielding nutmeg

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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."

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Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mushroom and Spinach Bread Pudding," 27 Nov. 2018 In a medium bowl, combine sugar, salt, nutmeg, vanilla, and yolks. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Make the streusel: Combine the oats, buckwheat, brown sugar, salt, nutmeg and butter in a medium bowl. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Sara Bir offers practical guidelines, and delicious recipes, for foraged fruit," 5 July 2018 Whisk garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, dried thyme, allspice, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 3 Tbsp. Bon Appetit, "Grilled Chicken with Banana Peppers," 19 Mar. 2018 Nutmeg As another spice that can add a bit of sweetness to your food, nutmeg is great on top of fruit and in yogurt and oatmeal. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "11 Spices Everyone Should Have in Their Pantry," 23 Mar. 2019 Make the filling: In a large bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, tapioca starch and salt. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Make the filling: In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, tapioca starch, and salt. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 Seven spice can be purchased at Middle Eastern markets, or make your own blend by creating a mixture of paprika, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg or allspice based on personal preferences. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "What is baharat Arabic spice blend?," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of nutmeg

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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nutmeg

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nutmeg

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

nutmeg

noun
nut·​meg | \ ˈnət-ˌmeg How to pronounce nutmeg (audio) \

Kids Definition of nutmeg

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

nutmeg

noun
nut·​meg | \ ˈnət-ˌmeg, -ˌmāg How to pronounce nutmeg (audio) \

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

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