spice

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French espice (modern épice), an old borrowing from Late Latin speciēs (spice(s), good(s), ware(s)), from Latin speciēs (kind, sort). Doublet of species.

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spice (countable and uncountable, plural spices)

  1. (countable, uncountable) Plant matter (usually dried) used to season or flavour food.
  2. (figuratively, uncountable) Appeal, interest; an attribute that makes something appealing, interesting, or engaging.
  3. (uncountable, Yorkshire) Sweets, candy.
  4. (obsolete) Species; kind.
    • Wyclif Bible, 1 Thessalonians v. 22
      Abstain you from all evil spice.
    • Sir T. Elyot
      Justice, although it be but one entire virtue, yet is described in two kinds of spices. The one is named justice distributive, the other is called commutative.
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spice (third-person singular simple present spices, present participle spicing, simple past and past participle spiced)

  1. (transitive) To add spice or spices to.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Formed by analogy with lice and mice as the plurals of louse and mouse by Robert A. Heinlein in Time Enough for Love.

Noun[edit]

spice

  1. (nonce word) plural of spouse

References[edit]

  • spice” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

spice

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of spiciō

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈspʲit͡sɛ/, [ˈspʲit͡sə]

Adjective[edit]

spice

  1. inflection of spicy:
    1. nominative and accusative singular neuter
    2. nominative and accusative plural

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spice

  1. inflection of spicy:
    1. nominative and accusative singular neuter
    2. nominative and accusative plural