- nutmeg tree
- Myristica fragrans
To flavour with nutmeg.
Other Word Forms of Nutmeg
Origin of Nutmeg
Middle 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 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
A part-translation of Old French nois mugede (modern noix de muscade or noix muscade), from Medieval Latin nux muscata (“musky nut").
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