nutmeg

[ nuht-meg ]
/ ˈnʌt mɛg /

noun

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

1300–50; Middle English notemug(g)e, perhaps back formation from *notemugede (-ede being taken as -ed3), equivalent to note nut + mugede < Old French < Late Latin muscāta musky; see musk, -ate1

Related forms

nut·megged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nutmeg

nutmeg

/ (ˈnʌtmɛɡ) /

noun

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

verb -megs, -megging or -megged (tr)

British sport informal to kick or hit the ball between the legs of (an opposing player)

Word Origin for nutmeg

C13: from Old French nois muguede, from Old Provençal noz muscada musk-scented nut, from Latin nux nut + muscus musk
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