- the hard, aromatic seed of an East Indian tree (Myristica fragrans) of the nutmeg family: it is grated and used as a spice, and its outer covering yields the spice mace
- the tree itself
Origin of nutmegMiddle English notemygge, partial translated, translation of Old French nois muguete from Provençal noiz muscade, literally , musky nut from Classical Latin nux, nut + Late Latin muscus, musk
- An evergreen tree (Myristica fragrans) native to the East Indies and cultivated for its aromatic seeds.
- The hard, aromatic seed of this tree, used as a spice when grated or ground.
- A grayish to moderate brown.
- The act of kicking a soccer ball between the legs of a defender.
transitive verbnut·megged, nut·meg·ging, nut·megs
Origin of nutmegMiddle English notemuge probably ultimately from Old French nois mugede alteration of nois muscade nut smelling like musk from Old Provençal notz muscada notz nut ( from Latin nux nuc- nut ) muscada smelling like musk ( from musc musk ) ( from Late Latin muscus ; see musk . ) N., sense 4 and v., perhaps from earlier slang nutmegs testicles or current slang nuts testicles ( since the nutmegged ball passes between the defender's legs ) or perhaps from rhyming slang nutmeg leg
(third-person singular simple present nutmegs, present participle nutmegging, simple past and past participle nutmegged)
A part-translation of Old French nois mugede (modern noix de muscade or noix muscade), from Medieval Latin nux muscata (“musky nut").