specie

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

noun

coined money; coin.

Nearby words

  1. specialized,
  2. specially,
  3. specialty,
  4. speciate,
  5. speciation,
  6. specie point,
  7. species,
  8. species-specific,
  9. species-specific antigen,
  10. speciesism

Idioms

    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

Can be confusedspecie species specious

specie

2
[ spee-shee, -see ]
/ ˈspi ʃi, -si /

noun Nonstandard.

Origin of specie

2
by back formation, construing species as plural noun

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for specie

specie

n.

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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