- 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 ProvenÃ§al 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").