- the hard, aromatic seed of the fruit of an East Indian tree, Myristica fragrans, used in grated form as a spice.
- the similar product of certain other trees of the same genus or other genera.
- a tree bearing such seeds.
Origin of nutmeg
Examples from the Web for nutmeg
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At various times the list has included concrete, paper, musical instruments, and nutmeg.What It Means For Gravel To Enter Gaza
Emily L. Hauser
December 27, 2012
Season with salt, white pepper and nutmeg and cover the pot.An Israeli Independence Day Menu
May 10, 2011
Add liqueurs, stir in nutmeg, and sprinkle with a bit more nutmeg.Decadent Holiday Cocktails
Fred DuBose, Greg Connolly
December 11, 2010
I love her lattice crust variation, and the addition of nutmeg sauce takes it to a whole other level.Fresh Picks
October 27, 2010
Add a table-spoonful of raised cinnamon and nutmeg powdered.
You may add to it a little sugar, and some grated lemon-peel and nutmeg.
Stir in sufficient loaf-sugar to sweeten it, and grate some nutmeg into it.
Pour on boiling water, beat it well, and add sugar and nutmeg.
Then pour it warm into your glasses, and grate some nutmeg over each.
- an East Indian evergreen tree, Myristica fragrans, cultivated in the tropics for its hard aromatic seed: family MyristicaceaeSee also mace 2
- the seed of this tree, used as a spice
- any of several similar trees or their fruit
- a greyish-brown colour
- British sport informal to kick or hit the ball between the legs of (an opposing player)
Word Origin and History for nutmeg
"hard aromatic seed of the East Indies," c.1300, from Old North French or Anglo-French *noiz mugue, from Old French nois muguete, unexplained alteration of nois muscade "nut smelling like musk," from nois "nut" (from Latin nux) + Latin muscada, fem. of muscat "musky" (see muscat). Probably influenced in English by Medieval Latin nux maga (cf. unaltered Dutch muskaatnoot, German muscatnuß, Swedish muskotnöt).
American English colloquial wooden nutmeg "anything false or fraudulent" is from 1830. Connecticut is called the Nutmeg State "in allusion to the story that wooden nutmegs are there manufactured for exportation." [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1859]