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Mace

[meys] /meɪs/
verb (used with object), Maced, Macing.
1.
(sometimes lowercase) to attack with Mace spray.
Origin
see Mace
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British Dictionary definitions for maced

mace1

/meɪs/
noun
1.
a club, usually having a spiked metal head, used esp in the Middle Ages
2.
a ceremonial staff of office carried by certain officials
3.
4.
an early form of billiard cue
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, probably from Vulgar Latin mattea (unattested); apparently related to Latin mateola mallet

mace2

/meɪs/
noun
1.
a spice made from the dried aril round the nutmeg seed
Word Origin
C14: formed as a singular from Old French macis (wrongly assumed to be plural), from Latin macir an oriental spice

Mace

/meɪs/
noun
1.
trademark a liquid causing tears and nausea, used as a spray for riot control, etc
verb
2.
(transitive; sometimes not capital) to use Mace on

Maced.

abbreviation
1.
Macedonia(n)
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Word Origin and History for maced

mace

n.

"heavy metal weapon, often with a spiked head," late 13c., from Old French mace "a club, scepter" (Modern French masse), from Vulgar Latin *mattea (cf. Italian mazza, Spanish maza "mace"), from Latin mateola (in Late Latin also matteola) "a kind of mallet." The Latin word perhaps is cognate with Sanskrit matyam "harrow, club," Old Church Slavonic motyka "mattock," Old High German medela "plow" [Klein]. As a symbol of authority or office from mid-15c.

"spice made from dry outer husk of nutmeg," late 14c., from Old French macis (in English taken as a plural and stripped of its -s), of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be a scribal error for Latin macir, the name of a red spicy bark from India, but OED finds this etymology unlikely.

Mace

n.

chemical spray originally used in riot control, 1966, technically Chemical Mace, a proprietary name (General Ordnance Equipment Corp, Pittsburgh, Pa.), probably so called for its use as a weapon, in reference to mace (1). The verb is first attested 1968. Related: Maced; macing.

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maced in Medicine

Mace or MACE (mās)

An alternate trademark used for Chemical Mace, an aerosol used to immobilize an attacker temporarily.

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Related Abbreviations for maced

Maced.

  1. Macedonia
  2. Macedonian
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Encyclopedia Article for maced

mace

spice consisting of the dried aril, or lacy covering, of the nutmeg fruit of Myristica fragrans, a tropical evergreen tree. Mace has a slightly warm taste and a fragrance similar to that of nutmeg. It is used to flavour bakery, meat, and fish dishes; to flavour sauces and vegetables; and in preserving and pickling

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