in nuce

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From in +‎ nuce, the ablative singular of nux (nut): literally, “in a nut”.

Adverb[edit]

in nuce (not comparable)

  1. in a nutshell; briefly stated
    • c. 77 [1669], 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.
  2. in the embryonic phase; said of something which is just developing or being developed