[spee-shee, -see]
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  1. 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

1545–55; < Latin (in) speciē (in) kind; see species
Can be confusedspecie species specious


[spee-shee, -see]
noun Nonstandard.
  1. species.

Origin of specie

by back formation, construing species as plural noun
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  1. coin money, as distinguished from bullion or paper money
  2. in specie
    1. (of money) in coin
    2. in kind
    3. lawin the actual form specified

Word Origin for specie

C16: from the Latin phrase in speciē in kind
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Word Origin and History for specie

1610s, "coin, money in the form of coins" (as opposed to paper money or bullion), from phrase in specie "in the real or actual form" (1550s), from Latin in specie "in kind," ablative of species "kind, form, sort" (see species).

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