specie

1
[ spee-shee, -see ]
/ ˈspi ʃi, -si /

noun

coined money; coin.

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Idioms for specie

    in specie,
    1. in the same kind.
    2. (of money) in coin.
    3. in a similar manner; in kind: Such treachery should be repaid in specie.
    4. Law. in the identical shape, form, etc., as specified.

Origin of specie

1
1545–55; < Latin (in) speciē (in) kind; see species

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH specie

specie species specious
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British Dictionary definitions for in specie

specie
/ (ˈspiːʃiː) /

noun

coin money, as distinguished from bullion or paper money
in specie
  1. (of money) in coin
  2. in kind
  3. law in the actual form specified

Word Origin for specie

C16: from the Latin phrase in speciē in kind
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Idioms and Phrases with in specie

in specie

1

In coin, as in The balance was to be paid only in specie. [First half of 1600s]

2

In a similar manner, in kind, as in They repaid the offense in specie. [Mid-1500s] Both usages are derived from the Latin in specie, meaning “in the actual form.”

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