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- n. Any member of the genus Myristica of nutmegs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of apetalous trees, constituting the order Myristiceæ, and characterized by diæcious regular flowers with a three-lobed calyx and united filaments, a single ovary-cell and ovule, and alternate leaves.
- n. [lowercase] In pharmacy, the kernel of the seed of Myristica fragrans. It is aromatic and somewhat narcotic. See cut under arillode.
- n. In zoology, a genus of gastropods.
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- n. type genus of Myristicaceae; tropical Asian evergreen trees with small white or yellow flowers followed by fleshy fruits
Massularia acuminata, Monodora myristica, Homalium spp., and Alchornea cordifolia.
The missionary Gili, who did not advance so far as the regions I am now describing, seems to confound the varimacu, or guarimacu, with the myristica, or nutmeg-tree of America.
Nutmeg is member of the botanical family myristicaceae, this tall evergreen tree (myristica fragrans) is native to the Indonesian Banda Islands, where the Portuguese first found it in the 1500s.