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mace1 / mās/ • n. 1. hist. a heavy club, typically having a metal head and spikes. 2. a ceremonial staff of office. mace2 • n. the reddish fleshy outer covering of the nutmeg, dried as a spice.

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Mace / mās/ • n. trademark an irritant chemical used in an aerosol to disable attackers. • v. (also mace) [tr.] spray (someone) with Mace.

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mace a staff of office, especially that which lies on the table in the House of Commons when the Speaker is in the chair, regarded as a symbol of the authority of the House. The mace is an ornamental version of a medieval weapon which consisted of a heavy staff or club, typically of metal and with a spiked head; the word comes from Old French masse ‘large hammer’.

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mace2 outer covering of the nutmeg. XIV (macis). — AL. or (O)F. macis — L. macir red spicy bark from India; the form macis being apprehended as a pl., a new sg. mace was formed from it.

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mace A spice obtained from the aril of Myristica fragrans. See MYRISTICA.

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mace1 heavy club XIII; sceptre, staff of office XV; old form of billiard cue XVIII. — (O)F. masse :- Rom. *mattea club.
So macer mace bearer; (Sc.) official in a court of law. XIV. — OF. massier.

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MACE Member of the Association of Conference Executives
• Member of the Australian College of Education

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mace See nutmeg.