Definition of nutmeg in English:

nutmeg

Syllabification: nut·meg
Pronunciation: /ˈnətˌmeɡ
 
/

noun

1The hard, aromatic, almost spherical seed of a tropical tree.
More example sentences
  • Underneath that is a beautiful red, lacy layer of aril - also called mace blades - that cling to the thin, hard shell surrounding the nutmeg.
  • The stone is the size of a nutmeg and has a hard, black case, sometimes thick, sometimes thin.
  • The nutmeg is the seed of the Indonesian Myristica fragrans whose small yellow flowers develop into a fleshy, scarlet fruit enclosing the meg.
1.1Nutmeg grated and used as a spice.
More example sentences
  • In the garden they grew cardamom, turmeric, curry leaves and pepper as well as imported ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, chillies, vanilla, cumin and coriander.
  • Four spice is a ground spice mixture usually containing white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon or cloves.
  • Modern haggis generally has beef suet rather than mutton fat, and cayenne pepper or nutmeg are usual additions.
2The evergreen tree that bears nutmeg seeds, native to the Moluccas.
  • Myristica fragrans, family Myristicaceae
More example sentences
  • We emerged into the country to find ourselves amid an open expanse of coconut palms, interspersed with the odd clove and nutmeg tree, banana palm and cinnamon bush.
  • This is cardamom country, nutmeg too, where spices grow along the roadside, and where pepper vines wind their tendrils around banana palms and over camellia bushes.
  • Nutmeg, another mystical tree from the Spice Islands, gets the oils distilled from the kernels of its fruits - the nutmeg itself.

Origin

late Middle English notemuge, partial translation of Old French nois muguede, based on Latin nux 'nut' + late Latin muscus 'musk'.

Definition of nutmeg in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day neoteny
Pronunciation: nēˈätn-ē
noun
retention of juvenile features in the adult animal