1 large heavy club formerly used as a weapon, usu having a head with metal spikes （旧时用作武器的）狼牙棒, 钉头锤.
2 staff or rod, usu ornamented, carried or displayed as a sign of the authority of an official, eg a mayor 权杖（通常有装饰, 为官员如市长所携带或作显示权威之用）.
n [U] dried outer covering of nutmegs, used for flavouring foods 肉蔻乾皮（用作食物香料）.
1200-1300; Language: French;Origin:
macis, from Latin
macir, from Greek
1200-1300; Language: Old French;Origin:Vulgar Latin
a spice made from the dried shell of a nutmeg[C]
a heavy ball with sharp points on a short metal stick, used in the past as a weapon[C]
a decorated stick that is carried by an official in some ceremonies as a sign of power