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Description for the characteristic smell and taste of a wine in the context of a wine address. Nutmeg is derived from the Latin term "nux muscata", which means "musk-scented nut". However, muscatel must not be confused with musk and also not with the grapey tone often associated with muscatel varieties. The nutmeg, which is 8 to 10 cm long, is the seed kernel of the nutmeg tree. The pear-shaped, ochre-yellow to orange fruits contain roundish seeds about 2 cm in size, which are surrounded by a red-coloured fleshy seed coat. The kernel of the seed is used both as a spice and as a drug. Colloquially, the seed is known as nutmeg or mace and the seed coat as mace (macis).

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