n. slang for a microwave (the thing in your kitchen not a really small
Microwaves seemed to emerge in the 80s when Americans were still fairly
conscious of nuclear power, and occasionally worried about one melting
down and frying us. Along comes this device that doesn't produce any heat
itself but instead utilizes quasi-magical "microwaves" oooh
ahhh. Similar to how magical "radiation" fries your ass when
a nuclear power plant goes south.
Thus thoughts of nuclear radiation combined with magically heated food
in the nuke-u-wave.