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- in a nutshell; briefly stated
- c. 77 , Pliny the Elder, Harris Rackham, William Henry Samuel Jones, David Edward Eichholz, transl., Naturalis Historia [Natural History], book 7, published 1938:
- in nuce inclusam Iliadem Homeri carmem in membrana scriptum tradit Cicero.
- Cicero records that a parchment copy of Homer's poem The Iliad was enclosed in a nutshell.
- in the embryonic phase; said of something which is just developing or being developed