Topic: FOOD

Sense: 1
Date: 1200-1300
Language: French
Origin: macis, from Latin macir, from Greek
Sense: 2-3
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Vulgar Latin mattia


1 [uncountable]DF a spice made from the dried shell of a nutmeg
2 [countable]PMW a heavy ball with sharp points on a short metal stick, used in the past as a weapon
3 [countable]PGO a decorated stick that is carried by an official in some ceremonies as a sign of power [↪ sceptre]

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