nutmeg

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A whole nutmeg
A 19th-century watercolour of a nutmeg plant
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Etymology[edit]

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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nutmeg (plural nutmegs)

  1. An evergreen tree, Myristica fragrans, cultivated in the East Indies for its spicy seeds.
  2. The aromatic seed of this tree, used as a spice.
  3. A grey-brown colour.
  4. (soccer) The playing of the ball between the legs of an opponent.

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nutmeg (third-person singular simple present nutmegs, present participle nutmegging, simple past and past participle nutmegged)

  1. (transitive) To flavour with nutmeg.
    She decided the eggnog was lacking in flavor, so she decided to nutmeg it heavily.
  2. (soccer, transitive) To play the ball between the legs of (an opponent).

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