A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

MACE

Wed, 20 Oct '21
Weapon with a heavy head
Tue, 20 Jul '21
Defensive spray
Tue, 13 Jul '21
Self-defense spray
Sun, 6 Jun '21
Spice related to nutmeg
Mon, 19 Apr '21
Old-fashioned fight club?