specie

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English[edit]

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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 of species
Usage notes[edit]
  • Although in wide use, this is universally considered by prescriptive references to be an error- the standard singular, species, must be used instead.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • 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]

  • (file)

Adverb[edit]

specie

  1. especially, particularly
    Nonostante la sua abilità, Clemens ha avuto poca fama, specie tra i suoi contemporanei.
    Despite his ability, Clemens had a little fame, especially among his contemporaries.

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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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