mace

{{11}}mace (n.1) "heavy metal weapon, often with a spiked head," late 13c., from O.Fr. mace "a club, scepter" (Mod.Fr. masse), from V.L. *mattea (Cf. It. mazza, Sp. maza "mace"), from L. mateola (in L.L. also matteola) "a kind of mallet." The Latin word perhaps is cognate with Skt. matyam "harrow, club," O.C.S. motyka "mattock," O.H.G. medela "plow" [Klein]. As a symbol of authority or office from mid-15c.
{{12}}mace (n.2) "spice made from dry outer husk of nutmeg," late 14c., from O.Fr. macis (in English taken as a plural and stripped of its -s), of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be a scribal error for L. macir, the name of a red spicy bark from India, but OED finds this etymology unlikely.

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