verb (used with object), spiced, spic·ing.
- spica bandage,
- spice islands,
- spicebush swallowtail,
Origin of spice
Examples from the Web for spice
You spice it with blues and skiffle music, and pickle it in alcohol and tobacco smoke.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Spanish oak, which has an open grain and high levels of tannin, gives you dried fruit, spice, and even chocolate flavors.
A recent study by German scientists focused on a compound in the spice that may play a role in brain repair.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By the time they hung up their Union Jack dresses in 2000, the Spice Girls had sold over 55 million records worldwide.
The very mention of his part in Spice World causes the Brit to erupt in a violent fit of laughter.Dominic West Talks ‘The Wire’ Movie, Prince Harry, and Why He’s Opposed to Scottish Independence|Marlow Stern|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nowadays some chafing dish show-offs try to gild the Golden Buck with dashes of ginger and spice.The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown
With the Little Pal, no day had ever seemed too long, no misadventure but had had its spice.The Princess Passes|Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
The caterpillars of this species feed upon the leaves of sassafras and spice bush.Butterflies Worth Knowing|Clarence M. Weed
Stir to a cream the butter and sugar, then add the eggs, flour, and spice.The American Housewife|Anonymous
As if that had anything to do with moving tables and spice cabinets!Tom Slade on a Transport|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
- any of a variety of aromatic vegetable substances, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, used as flavourings
- these substances collectively
Word Origin for spice
early 13c., from Old French espice, from Late Latin species (plural) "spices, goods, wares," from Latin "kind, sort" (see species). Early druggists recognized four "types" of spices: saffron, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. Figurative sense of "slight touch or trace of something" is recorded from 1530s. Spice-cake first attested 1520s.
"to season with spices," early 14c. (implied in spiced), from spice (n.).
see variety is the spice of life.