specie

1
[spee-shee, -see]
See more synonyms for specie on Thesaurus.com
Idioms
  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

1
1545–55; < Latin (in) speciē (in) kind; see species
Can be confusedspecie species specious

specie

2
[spee-shee, -see]
noun Nonstandard.
  1. species.

Origin of specie

2
by back formation, construing species as plural noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for specie

Historical Examples of specie


British Dictionary definitions for specie

specie

noun
  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper