- The hard, dried, oval, shelled seed (up to 2 cm long) of which the outer covering is mace, from the fruit of an evergreen tree, Myristica fragrans. It has a warm sweetish aromatic flavour and is used when grated to a fine powder to flavour both sweet and savoury dishes, vegetables and cakes, etc. especially by the Dutch. Also used as a condiment. It is hallucinogenic if taken in large quantities (1 – 3 whole nutmegs) and can be poisonous.
- noun the seed of a tropical tree, grated and used as a spice