Definition of nutmeg in English:

nutmeg

noun

  • 1The hard, aromatic, almost spherical seed of a tropical tree.

    • ‘The stone is the size of a nutmeg and has a hard, black case, sometimes thick, sometimes thin.’
    • ‘Underneath that is a beautiful red, lacy layer of aril - also called mace blades - that cling to the thin, hard shell surrounding the nutmeg.’
    • ‘The bread sauce should be smooth and well-flavoured, mace being a traditional spice (the outside husk of a nutmeg, between the nut and the shell) to infuse with the milk.’
    • ‘First of all, I did it by eating whole nutmegs, I was cleaning the kitchen and found this thing called nutmeg.’
    • ‘The nutmeg is the seed of the Indonesian Myristica fragrans whose small yellow flowers develop into a fleshy, scarlet fruit enclosing the meg.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun] Nutmegs grated and used as a spice:
      ‘hot milk flavoured with nutmeg’
      • ‘They planted some of the saplings in Java, a Dutch colony already supplying Europe with pepper, nutmeg, and other spices.’
      • ‘To bake the tart, beat the eggs and extra egg yolks with the cream, nutmeg, sea salt and pepper and parsley.’
      • ‘Then I added Nancy's special mix of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves’
      • ‘In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and wine.’
      • ‘In a shallow pan, gently heat the milk, bay leaf, nutmeg, salt and pepper.’
      • ‘Four spice is a ground spice mixture usually containing white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon or cloves.’
      • ‘In the garden they grew cardamom, turmeric, curry leaves and pepper as well as imported ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, chillies, vanilla, cumin and coriander.’
      • ‘They wanted to trade: the market at home was eager (at one time or another) for spices - pepper, nutmeg, mace and cloves.’
      • ‘The tequila fills the mouth with a lavish array of warm flavors, largely floral and semi-sweet spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.’
      • ‘Sweeten with condensed milk, nutmeg and cinnamon, this hot cereal is a perfect way to start your day.’
      • ‘And it was flavored with not just overused cinnamon but with nutmeg and clove as well; those spices did not make the granola noticeably spicy, but rather added fine nuances.’
      • ‘Sift the flour, mixed spice, nutmeg and baking powder together.’
      • ‘In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.’
      • ‘Modern haggis generally has beef suet rather than mutton fat, and cayenne pepper or nutmeg are usual additions.’
      • ‘An agricultural country whose chief crop is rice, Sri Lanka is known for spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, and cloves.’
      • ‘Add the apples, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, black pepper, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.’
      • ‘There are many versions of the recipe, some calling for cinnamon only, some also using ginger, cloves and nutmeg.’
      • ‘Rosengarten's version calls for 25 ingredients, almost half of them spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.’
      • ‘From Southeast Asia came black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.’
      • ‘Other commonly used spices are ginger, nutmeg, and pepper.’
  • 2The evergreen tree that bears nutmegs, native to the Moluccas.

    • ‘Nutmeg, another mystical tree from the Spice Islands, gets the oils distilled from the kernels of its fruits - the nutmeg itself.’
    • ‘This is cardamom country, nutmeg too, where spices grow along the roadside, and where pepper vines wind their tendrils around banana palms and over camellia bushes.’
    • ‘We emerged into the country to find ourselves amid an open expanse of coconut palms, interspersed with the odd clove and nutmeg tree, banana palm and cinnamon bush.’
    • ‘While the gathering of fallen nuts remains unrestricted, the trees themselves continue to belong to the government as a fundamental component of the nutmeg groves.’
    • ‘However, Run Island figured prominently on seventeenth century maps because of the fragrant nutmeg that grew in abundance there.’
  • 3Soccer
    informal An instance of playing the ball through an opponent's legs.

    • ‘The highlights were a nutmeg on the byline, and a blistering run down the wing that left Cole for dead - his cross nearly brought a second goal.’
    • ‘The nutmeg as Mills tried to shield the ball at the corner flag was a sublime example of justified arrogance.’
    • ‘‘I'm embarrassed for these idiot American newspapermen who don't know anything about football, or what a nutmeg is,’ Mike Manley.’
    • ‘Tevez has earned a corner with a cheeky nutmeg, though.’
    • ‘I put the ball through chairs in the kitchen to practice nutmegs.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Soccer
informal
  • Play the ball through the legs of (an opponent):

    ‘Brady drifted past three defenders, nutmegging the third with ease’
    • ‘Next up McFadden, nutmegging Simon Mensing and winning a free-kick.’
    • ‘He nutmegged a defender on the edge of the box before chipping goalkeeper Paul Kelly, who was virtually on his line, from twenty yards out.’
    • ‘And the they survived another scare with less than three minutes to go when Paul nutmegged himself trying to deal with another testing Sinfield kick.’
    • ‘How did you feel when Henry nutmegged you by the corner flag?’
    • ‘He sped down the flank, nutmegging Robertson and Brown, cut inside and gave the ball back to Lynch for a regulation tap-in.’

Origin

Late Middle English notemuge, partial translation of Old French nois muguede, based on Latin nux nut + late Latin muscus musk.

Pronunciation:

nutmeg

/ˈnʌtmɛɡ/