One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The aromatic seed or cotyledon of the South American tree Nectandra pichurim (family Lauraceae), used medicinally and as a substitute for nutmeg; (also) the tree itself. Also: the seeds of any of several related trees now placed in the genera Licaria and Aniba.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer.
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