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[n] a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority
[n] spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed
[n] an official who carries a mace of office
[n] (trademark) a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization


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Misc. Definitions

\Mace\, n. [Jav. & Malay. m[=a]s, fr. Skr. m[=a]sha a bean.] A money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57.98 grains. --S. W. Williams.
\Mace\, n. [F. macis, L. macis, macir, Gr. ?; cf. Skr. makaranda the nectar or honey of a flower, a fragrant mango.] (Bot.) A kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See {Nutmeg}. Note: Red mace is the aril of {Myristica tingens}, and white mace that of {M. Otoba}, -- East Indian trees of the same genus with the nutmeg tree.
\Mace\, n. [OF. mace, F. masse, from (assumed) L. matea, of which the dim. mateola a kind of mallet or beetle, is found.]
1. A heavy staff or club of metal; a spiked club; -- used as weapon in war before the general use of firearms, especially in the Middle Ages, for breaking metal armor. --Chaucer. Death with his mace petrific . . . smote. --Milton.
2. Hence: A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority. ``Swayed the royal mace.'' --Wordsworth.
3. An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority. --Macaulay.
4. A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.
5. (Billiards) A rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with one hand. {Mace bearer}, an officer who carries a mace before person in authority.

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