One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toxic colourless aromatic ether present in the volatile oils of nutmeg and mace, and in certain other plants including parsley and carrot; 5-allyl-1-methoxy-2,3-(methylenedioxy)benzene, C₁₁H₁₂O₃.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Andrew Ure (1778–1857), chemist. From scientific Latin myristica + -in.
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