specie

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Etymology 1[edit]

Originally in the phrase in specie; from Latin speciē, ablative singular of species. Compare payment in kind.

Noun[edit]

specie (uncountable)

  1. Type or kind, in various uses of the phrase in specie.
  2. Money, especially in the form of coins made from precious metal, that has an intrinsic value; coinage.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 805:
      ‘It was not money or specie he thought himself hunting!’
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 8:
      “Dick” Counterfly had absquatulated swiftly into the night, leaving his son with only a pocketful of specie and the tender admonition, “Got to ‘scram,’ kid — write if you get work.”
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Etymology 2[edit]

back-formation from species (plural), the final "s" being misinterpreted as a plural ending.

Noun[edit]

specie

  1. (proscribed) singular form of species
Usage notes[edit]
  • Although in wide use, this is universally considered by prescriptive references to be an error- it is better to use the standard singular, species, instead.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Hyphenation: spe‧cie

Noun[edit]

specie f (plural speciën or species)

  1. mortar (in sense of mixture of lime or cement, sand and water)

Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin speciēs, speciei.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

specie f (invariable)

  1. kind, type, sort
  2. (biology) species, strain, breed
  3. (taxonomy) species

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

speciē

  1. ablative singular of species

Preposition[edit]

speciē

  1. Under the pretext of. Under the guise of.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin speciēs.

Noun[edit]

specie f (plural specii)

  1. (biology) species
  2. kind, type, sort

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