nut-meg

nutmeg

[nuht-meg]
noun
1.
the hard, aromatic seed of the fruit of an East Indian tree, Myristica fragrans, used in grated form as a spice.
2.
the similar product of certain other trees of the same genus or other genera.
3.
a tree bearing such seeds.

Origin:
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

nutmegged, adjective
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nutmeg (ˈnʌtmɛɡ)
 
n
1.  See also mace an East Indian evergreen tree, Myristica fragrans, cultivated in the tropics for its hard aromatic seed: family Myristicaceae
2.  the seed of this tree, used as a spice
3.  any of several similar trees or their fruit
4.  a greyish-brown colour
 
vb , -megs, -megging, -megged
5.  informal (Brit) sport to kick or hit the ball between the legs of (an opposing player)
 
[C13: from Old French nois muguede, from Old Provençal noz muscada musk-scented nut, from Latin nuxnut + muscusmusk]

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nutmeg
"hard aromatic seed of the East Indies," c.1300, from O.N.Fr. or Anglo-Fr. *noiz mugue, from O.Fr. nois muguete, unexplained alt. of nois muscade "nut smelling like musk," from nois "nut" (from L. nux) + L. muscada, fem. of muscat "musky" (see muscat). Probably influenced
in Eng. by M.L. nux maga (cf. unaltered Du. muskaatnoot, Ger. muscatnuß, Swed. muskotnöt). Amer.Eng. 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]
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