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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: spīs, IPA(key): /spaɪs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪs

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English spice, 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.

NounEdit

spice (countable and uncountable, plural spices)

  1. (countable, uncountable) Aromatic or pungent 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) A synthetic cannabinoid drug.
  4. (uncountable, Yorkshire) Sweets, candy.
  5. (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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VerbEdit

spice (third-person singular simple present spices, present participle spicing, simple past and past participle spiced)

  1. (transitive) To add spice or spices to; season.
  2. (transitive) To spice up.
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Etymology 2Edit

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

NounEdit

spice

  1. (nonce word) plural of spouse

ReferencesEdit

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

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LatinEdit

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PronunciationEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

spice

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

ParticipleEdit

spice

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

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French espice, (modern épice), an old borrowing from Late Latin speciēs.

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NounEdit

spice (plural spices)

  1. spices (powders used to flavour meals or dishes):
    1. Spices as used as scents or to enhance the smell of something.
    2. Spices as used in medicinal preparations; by extension, medicine in general.
    3. Spices as used in alchemical preparations.
  2. A variety, sort, or kind of something:
    1. A distinct kind of creature; a species.
    2. A type of disease or affliction.
    3. A type of sinful behaviour or action; an action or behaviour in general.
    4. A part, especially of a discipline or line of study.
  3. A seeming or presence; the way something looks from the outside:
    1. (philosophy) The perception of something using any sense or innate ability.
    2. (Christianity) The communion wafer when transubstantiated.
    3. (rare) An appearance or image (either mental or real)
  4. A meal (usually sweet) incorporating spices.
  5. A plant which spices are made from.
  6. (rare) A complimentary appellation.

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