• WordNet 3.6
    • n nutmeg hard aromatic seed of the nutmeg tree used as spice when grated or ground
    • n nutmeg East Indian tree widely cultivated in the tropics for its aromatic seed; source of two spices: nutmeg and mace
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously
    • n Nutmeg (Bot) The kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg tree Myristica fragrans), a native of the Molucca Islands, but cultivated elsewhere in the tropics.☞ This fruit is a nearly spherical drupe, of the size of a pear, of a yellowish color without and almost white within. This opens into two nearly equal longitudinal valves, inclosing the nut surrounded by its aril, which is mace. The nutmeg is an aromatic, very grateful to the taste and smell, and much used in cookery. Other species of Myristica yield nutmegs of inferior quality.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nutmeg The kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg-tree, Myristica fragrans (M. moschata); also, the similar product of other trees of this genus. See Myristica. The fruit, with some resemblance to a peach, has a fleshy edible exterior, which splits in two, releasing the seed, enveloped in a fibrous network (false aril: see arillode) which is preserved as mace. (See mace.) The seed is thoroughly dried, the shell then cracked, and the olive-shaped kernel, about an inch in length, commonly treated with lime for preservation, becomes the nutmeg of commerce. Its principal use is that of an aromatic condiment, especially to flavor milky and farinaceous preparations. (For medical use, see Myristica.) Its virtues depend upon an essential oil, called nutmeg-oil. it yields also a concrete oil called nutmeg-butter. The nutmeg supply is chiefly, but not exclusively, from the Banda Islands, where it was formerly a monopoly of the Dutch. Penang nutmegs have been especially famous. The long, male, or wild nutmeg, a longer kernel, is an inferior sort occurring in trade, the product of M. fatua and M. tomentosa, the long sometimes referred to the former, the male to the latter.
    • n nutmeg Any tree of the genus Myristica. The Santa Fé nutmeg is M. Otoba of the United States of Colombia, yielding an edible article. The tallow-nutmeg is M. sebifera of tropical south America, whose seeds yield a concrete oil suitable for making hard soap and candles, sometimes called American nutmeg-oil. See ocuba-wax and poondy-oil.
    • n nutmeg One of various trees of other genera. See below.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nutmeg nut′meg the aromatic kernel of an East Indian tree, much used as a seasoning in cookery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. notemuge,; note, nut + OF. muge, musk, of the same origin as E. musk,; cf. OF. noix muguette, nutmeg, F. noix muscade,. See Nut, and Musk
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. notemuge, a hybrid word formed from nut, and O. Fr. muge, musk—L. muscus, musk.


In literature:

Season with a saltspoonful of salt, a quarter one of white pepper, and a tiny pinch of nutmeg, grated.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Hot water, broth or coffee, may be substituted for the milk; nutmeg may be substituted for the stimulant.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Serve with cream flavored with nutmeg.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Flavor to taste and sprinkle a little nutmeg over it.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
Gum Camphor, one-half ounce Nutmeg powdered, one pint French Brandy.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
There were nutmegs and other spices, ginger, sugar cane, bamboo, and the knee-bone palm, preserved in the most exquisite manner.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
The beverage ought not to be stirred after the nutmeg is put in it, as the fastidious say it would spoil the flavour.
"Notes and Queries, Number 213, November 26, 1853" by Various
Of the nutmeg gardens, that of Dr. Oxley's is by far the finest on the island.
"Trade and Travel in the Far East" by G. F. Davidson
The principal articles of commerce in the Banda group are nutmegs and mace.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
A very little grated nutmeg.
"New Vegetarian Dishes" by Mrs. Bowdich
I felt myself grated against the world like a nutmeg.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
The Mace is the pretty inner rind that surrounds the Nutmeg, when ripe.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
Some cooks add a quarter of a pound of sugar, and half a nutmeg.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
In living a year in France I forgot the taste of nutmeg, clove, and allspice, which had met me in so many dishes in America.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
An orchestra of tambours, tin-trays, and nutmeg-grating gueiros opens the performances, and then the actors proceed to saw the air.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
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
The wine Mrs. Boultby insisted on mingling with hot water, and qualifying with sugar and nutmeg.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Beautiful perfumes, breaths of bay, resin, and nutmeg, came to us more often and grew sweeter and sharper as the afternoon declined.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Grate nutmeg over all and bake without upper crust.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
Grated nutmeg, ground cinnamon, or other flavouring, and cream may be used with the soured milk.
"The Bacillus of Long Life" by Loudon Douglas

In poetry:

Once more. Dost thou, in easy speech,
Ever let fall "those kind"?
Art thou to nutmeg in a pie
Unalterably inclined?
If aught of these, maid of my wooing, there's absolutely nothing doing.
"Myrtilla's Third Degree" by Franklin Pierce Adams
What though some have a fraught
Of cloves and nutmegs, and in cinamon sail?
If thou hast wherewithall to spice a draught,
When griefs prevail,
And for the future time art heir
To th' Isle of spices, Is't not fair?
"The Size" by George Herbert
Nor shall thy worth unsung remain,
O! gossip's bowl—of structure plain,
Whose potent liquor can inspire
The Clown with wit—the Bard with fire.
Sweet source of many a midnight tale,
Replete with nutmeg, toast, and ale.
"The Description of a Cottage" by Samuel Bowden
Leave to me my pictures, Lord, leave my memories bright:
The twisted palms are clashing, and the sand is white.
The shore-boats crowd around us, the skipper's gig is manned,
The nutmegs spice the little wind that baffles off the land.
"The Blind Sailor" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts

In news:

Sonia's Phyllo and Feta Torte With Dill and Nutmeg.
Freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste.
Ground nutmeg 4 cups brown rice, cooked.
It's new to The Republic of Tea's expansive line, with a mellow, richly flavored brew (black tea, ginger, nutmeg, etc.
The nutmeg and tarragon add a nice earthy fall flavor to this hassle-free dish.
A Roger Allen Gindi presentation in association with Nutmeg Prods.
4-5 apples – peeled, cored & cut into thin wedges5 Tablespoons white sugar2 teaspoons ground cinnamonA hint of nutmeg.
Put vegetables back into pan and add orange juice, nutmeg, brown sugar and salt (if desired).
Add carrots , nutmeg, 1/2 tsp.
Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Simona Fabrizio's ravioli is stuffed with a blend of pumpkin, nutmeg, crushed ameretti cookies and two cheeses.
) Cinnamon, nutmeg, poultry seasoning, ginger, sage, vanilla and peppermint provide the flavors for the most sought-after recipes this season, according to the McCormick seasoning folks.
Fresh ginger and whole nutmeg are grocery store items.
Vin Baker and Lindy Remigino hold torches that sent a rocket across the length of the Civic Center lighting torch of the 2000 Nutmeg Games.
A dash of nutmeg bridges the pungent greens with the sweet carrots.