Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An evergreen tree (Myristica fragrans) native to the East Indies and cultivated for its spicy seeds.
  • n. The hard, aromatic seed of this tree, used as a spice when grated or ground.
  • n. A grayish to moderate brown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an evergreen tree, Myristica fragrans, cultivated in the East Indies for its spicy seeds
  • n. the aromatic seed of this tree, used as a spice
  • n. a grey-brown colour
  • n. The playing of the ball between the legs of an opponent
  • v. to flavour with nutmeg
  • v. to play the ball between the legs of (an opponent)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg tree (Myristica fragrans), a native of the Molucca Islands, but cultivated elsewhere in the tropics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Any tree of the genus Myristica.
  • n. One of various trees of other genera. See below.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hard aromatic seed of the nutmeg tree used as spice when grated or ground
  • n. East Indian tree widely cultivated in the tropics for its aromatic seed; source of two spices: nutmeg and mace

Etymologies

Middle English notemuge, probably ultimately from Old French nois mugede, alteration of nois muscade, nut smelling like musk, from Old Provençal notz muscada : notz, nut (from Latin nux, nuc-, nut) + muscada, smelling like musk (from musc, musk, from Late Latin muscus; see musk).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A part-translation of Old French nois mugede (modern noix de muscade or noix muscade), from mediaeval Latin nux muscata, literally ‘musky nut’. (Wiktionary)

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  • Oh dear.

    June 9, 2011

  • Typically accomplished with an exultant cry of "nuts!" or "megs!" from the successful party.

    June 8, 2011

  • Football (soccer) jargon: to pass the ball between your opponent's legs.

    June 8, 2011