nutmeg

noun
nut·​meg | \ ˈnət-ˌmeg, -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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Beat cream cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, molasses, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and remaining 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Kate Merker And Talyor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Cheesecake With Pecan-Graham Crust," 7 Dec. 2018 In medium saucepan, whisk together cornstarch, nutmeg, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper until smooth. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Green Bean and Cheddar Casserole," 23 Oct. 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, nutmeg, cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Savory Bread Pudding," 16 Aug. 2018 Its authenticity as a pumpkin ale is evidenced by the use of 200 pounds of pumpkin per batch, along with a mélange of spices that includes allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, whole cloves and Madagascar vanilla beans. Fox News, "Top 5 fall beers," 14 Oct. 2015 The Bruery Autumn Maple The Bruery in Orange County, California, has its own take on the pumpkin beer: Autumn Maple is a conglomeration of yams, maple syrup, allspice, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and its own traditional Belgian yeast strain. Fox News, "Top 5 fall beers," 14 Oct. 2015 Add 1 teaspoon salt, the white pepper, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and garlic; stir to thoroughly combine these ingredients with the milk. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Soufflé "Suissesse" from Alex Hitz," 1 Sep. 2013 In a small saucepan, heat ½ cup cream with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until bubbling around edges, about 4 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Eggnog Mousse Snowmen," 29 Nov. 2018 For flavoring, lemon, rosewater, or nutmeg may be added, and, last, the soda in a little of the milk. Marley Marius, Vogue, "7 Alternative Thanksgiving Desserts from the Vogue Archive," 16 Nov. 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 \

Kids Definition of nutmeg

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

nutmeg

noun
nut·​meg | \ ˈnət-ˌmeg, -ˌmāg \

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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