nutmeg flower


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nutmeg flower herb of the Mediterranean region having pungent seeds used like those of caraway
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nutmeg flower (Bot) a ranunculaceous herb (Nigella sativa) with small black aromatic seeds, which are used medicinally and for excluding moths from furs and clothing.
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In literature:

It was late afternoon, and on the demure little breeze that marched behind us came far-flung sighs of spice-trees and nutmeg flowers.
"The Moon Pool" by A. Merritt
Even so is the precious scented flower of the nutmeg embraced by the bind-weed.
"Eastern Shame Girl" by Charles Georges Souli
About the time the nutmegs fruited one clove tree flowered.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Whether this arises from the flowers of the cloves and nutmegs, or from the nature of the soil, I cannot determine.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
The breath of heavily-scented flowers mingles with the pungent sweetness of clove and nutmeg.
"Through the Malay Archipelago" by Emily Richings
Add a spoonful of orange-flower water, a quarter of a nutmeg, and sugar to make it pretty sweet.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
In grating nutmegs begin at the flower end; if you commence at the other, there will be a hole all the way through.
"Culture and Cooking" by Catherine Owen
It was a silver nutmeg, life-sized and topped with a tiny gold flower.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover