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in botany and cooking: see nutmegnutmeg,
name applied to members of the family Myristicaceae. The true nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) is an evergreen tree native to the Moluccas but now cultivated elsewhere in the tropics and to a limited extent in S Florida.
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chemical spray device used by police in riot control. Mace is ordinary tear gastear gas,
gas that causes temporary blindness through the excessive flow of tears resulting from irritation of the eyes. The gas is used in chemical warfare and as a means for dispersing mobs.
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 (chloroacetophenone, or CN) in a volatile solvent contained in a spray can. It causes severe lacrimation and temporary blindness. If sprayed directly into the face from a distance of less than 6 ft (1.8 m), it may cause permanent injury.
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an ancient weapon in the form of a shaft with a small head at the end, approximately 0.5 to 0.8 m long. The mace had a stone head in the Neolithic period and a metal head in the Bronze Age. This type of weapon was typical of the ancient Orient. It was rarely used in the world of the Greeks and Romans; the Romans adopted the mace (clava) only in the second century A.D. In the Middle Ages the mace existed in the Muslim Orient, Western Europe (from the 13th century), and the Russian Empire, where it was used between the 13th and 17th centuries. Two types were distinguished: a mace with an ordinary ball-shaped head, and the shestoper, the head of which was divided into small longitudinal lobes. Among many tribes and peoples the mace was less a weapon than a symbol of authority. Until the 19th century it served as a symbol of authority and dignity among the Turkish pashas and the Polish and Ukrainian hetmans. Among the cossacks it was retained until the 20th century (under the name of naseka) as the sign of office of stanitsa (large cossack village) and settlement hetmans.


Kirpichnikov, A. N. “Drevnerusskoe oruzhie.” In Arkheologiia SSSR: Svod arkheologicheskikh istochnikov, EI-36, fasc. 2. Moscow-Leningrad, 1966.


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(food engineering)
Spice made from the covering of the nutmeg.
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ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office and authority. [Western Culture: Misc.]
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1. Military a club, usually having a spiked metal head, used esp in the Middle Ages
2. a ceremonial staff of office carried by certain officials
3. Sport an early form of billiard cue
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A concurrent object-oriented language.
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Mace, then chief of the game division of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, was simply looking for a term better than "nongame wildlife," which is how species that weren't hunted, fished or trapped were then described.
"The `nongame' term bothered me because it was a negative term, and here were all these wonderful species of wildlife that people were interested in looking at and were in my view not being given proper attention," Mace said in a 2005 oral history interview recorded by a former colleague, Warren Aney of Tigard, who provided a copy of the interview to The Register-Guard.
Thumbing through his thesaurus one day, Mace said, "I was going through the W's and got to the word `watch.' Then I said `watchable ...
The terminology began echoing across the national landscape following the 1981 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Washington D.C., where Mace handed out 100 lapel buttons featuring a drawing of a raccoon and the words "I support WATCHABLE WILDLIFE."
The "watchable" phrase "permanently changed the way many people think of small animals from robins and raccoons to salamanders, frogs and butterflies," according to a history posted on the Mace Watchable Wildlife web site.
"I think that really did spread the word because nowadays watchable wildlife is a growing concern," Mace said in 2005.
Also, the term "watchable wildlife" seems to have fallen out of favor with ODFW, having been replaced by "wildlife diversity" and even Mace's hated "nongame."
That's in part due to the fact that, through popular usage, the "watchable" moniker has grown beyond what Mace originally intended and now encompasses all wildlife, whether hunted or not, says Bruce Dugger, an assistant professor who currently holds the Mace Watchable Wildlife Chair in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.
The endowment that became available following Bob Mace's death will nearly triple the amount of money available annually, Dugger said.