impregnated with turpentine. Clove nutmeg, the Ravensara aromatica, a laura ceous tree of Madagascar.
The foliage is used as a spice, but the seed is acrid and caustic. Jamaica nutmeg. See American
nutmeg Nutmeg bird (Zoöl.), 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 (Zoöl.), 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 Plume nutmeg (Bot.), a spicy tree of Australia
(Nut"megged) a. Seasoned with nutmeg.
(Nut"peck`er) n. (Zoöl.) The nuthatch.
(Nu"tri*a) n. [Sp. nutria an otter, fr. L. lutra, lytra.] The fur of the coypu. See Coypu.
(Nu`tri*ca"tion) n. [L. nutricatio, fr. nutricare, nutricari, to suckle, nourish, fr. nutrix a
nurse.] The act or manner of feeding. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Nu"tri*ent) a. [L. nutriens, p. pr. of nutrire. See Nourish.] Nutritious; nourishing; promoting
growth. n. Any substance which has nutritious qualities, i. e., which nourishes or promotes growth.
(Nu"tri*ment) n. [L. nutrimentum, fr. nutrire to nourish. See Nourish.]
1. That which nourishes; anything which promotes growth and repairs the natural waste of animal or
vegetable life; food; aliment.
The stomach returns what it has received, in strength and nutriment diffused into all parts of the body.South.
2. That which promotes development or growth.
Is not virtue in mankindSwift.
The nutriment that feeds the mind ?
(Nu`tri*men"tal) a. Nutritious.
(Nu*tri"tial) a. Pertaining to, or connected with, nutrition; nutritious. [Obs.] Chapman.
(Nu*tri"tion) n. [Cf. F. nutrition. See Nutritious.]
1. (Physiol.) In the broadest sense, a process or series of processes by which the living organism as a
whole (or its component parts or organs) is maintained in its normal condition of life and growth.
In this wide sense it comprehends digestion, absorption, circulation, assimilation, etc., in fact all of
the steps by which the nutritive matter of the food is fitted for incorporation with the different tissues, and
the changes which it undergoes after its assimilation, prior to its excretion. See Metabolism.
2. (Physiol.) In a more limited sense, the process by which the living tissues take up, from the blood,
matters necessary either for their repair or for the performance of their healthy functions.
3. That which nourishes; nutriment.
Fixed like a plant, on his peculiar spot,Pope.
To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.