plume nutmeg


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nutmeg \Nut"meg\, n. [OE. notemuge; note nut + OF. muge musk, of
   the same origin as E. musk; cf. OF. noix muguette nutmeg, F.
   noix muscade. See Nut, and Musk.] (Bot.)
   The kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg tree ({Myristica
   fragrans}), a native of the Molucca Islands, but cultivated
   elsewhere in the tropics.
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   Note: This fruit is a nearly spherical drupe, of the size of
         a pear, of a yellowish color without and almost white
         within. This opens into two nearly equal longitudinal
         valves, inclosing the nut surrounded by its aril, which
         is mace. The nutmeg is an aromatic, very grateful to
         the taste and smell, and much used in cookery. Other
         species of Myristica yield nutmegs of inferior
         quality.
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   American nutmeg, Calabash nutmeg, or Jamaica nutmeg,
      the fruit of a tropical shrub (Monodora Myristica). It
      is about the size of an orange, and contains many aromatic
      seeds imbedded in pulp.

   Brazilian nutmeg, the fruit of a lauraceous tree,
      Cryptocarya moschata.

   California nutmeg, a tree of the Yew family ({Torreya
      Californica}), growing in the Western United States, and
      having a seed which resembles a nutmeg in appearance, but
      is strongly impregnated with turpentine.

   Clove nutmeg, the Ravensara aromatica, a lauraceous tree
      of Madagascar. The foliage is used as a spice, but the
      seed is acrid and caustic.

   Jamaica nutmeg. See American nutmeg (above).

   Nutmeg bird (Zool.), an Indian finch (Munia punctularia).
      

   Nutmeg butter, a solid oil extracted from the nutmeg by
      expression.

   Nutmeg flower (Bot.), a ranunculaceous herb ({Nigella
      sativa}) with small black aromatic seeds, which are used
      medicinally and for excluding moths from furs and
      clothing.

   Nutmeg liver (Med.), a name applied to the liver, when, as
      the result of heart or lung disease, it undergoes
      congestion and pigmentation about the central veins of its
      lobules, giving it an appearance resembling that of a
      nutmeg.

   Nutmeg melon (Bot.), a small variety of muskmelon of a rich
      flavor.

   Nutmeg pigeon (Zool.), any one of several species of
      pigeons of the genus Myristicivora, native of the East
      Indies and Australia. The color is usually white, or
      cream-white, with black on the wings and tail.

   Nutmeg wood (Bot.), the wood of the Palmyra palm.

   Peruvian nutmeg, the aromatic seed of a South American tree
      (Laurelia sempervirens).

   Plume nutmeg (Bot.), a spicy tree of Australia
      (Atherosperma moschata).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plume \Plume\, n. [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]
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   1. A feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long,
      conspicuous, or handsome feather.
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            Wings . . . of many a colored plume.  --Milton.
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   2. (Zool.) An ornamental tuft of feathers.
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   3. A feather, or group of feathers, worn as an ornament; a
      waving ornament of hair, or other material resembling
      feathers.
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            His high plume, that nodded o'er his head. --Dryden.
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   4. A token of honor or prowess; that on which one prides
      himself; a prize or reward. "Ambitious to win from me some
      plume." --Milton.
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   5. (Bot.) A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence
      resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large
      ornamental grasses.
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   Plume bird (Zool.), any bird that yields ornamental plumes,
      especially the species of Epimarchus from New Guinea, and
      some of the herons and egrets, as the white heron of
      Florida (Ardea candidissima).

   Plume grass. (Bot)
      (a) A kind of grass (Erianthus saccharoides) with the
          spikelets arranged in great silky plumes, growing in
          swamps in the Southern United States.
      (b) The still finer Erianthus Ravenn[ae] from the
          Mediterranean region. The name is sometimes extended
          to the whole genus.

   Plume moth (Zool.), any one of numerous small, slender
      moths, belonging to the family Pterophorid[ae]. Most of
      them have the wings deeply divided into two or more
      plumelike lobes. Some species are injurious to the
      grapevine.

   Plume nutmeg (Bot.), an aromatic Australian tree
      (Atherosperma moschata), whose numerous carpels are
      tipped with long plumose persistent styles.
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