- Type or kind, in various uses of the phrase in specie.
- Money, especially in the form of coins made from precious metal, that has an intrinsic value; coinage.
- 1830, Joseph Plumb Martin, A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier, Ch. IX:
- I received one month's pay in specie while on the march to Virginia, in the year 1781, and except that, I never received any pay worth the name while I belonged to the army.
- 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.”
back-formation from species (plural), the final "s" being misinterpreted as a plural ending.
- (proscribed) singular of species
- Although in wide use, this is universally considered by prescriptive references to be an error.
specie f (plural speciën or species)
- mortar (in sense of mixture of lime or cement, sand and water)
Borrowed from Latin speciēs.
- especially, particularly
- Nonostante la sua abilità, Clemens ha avuto poca fama, specie tra i suoi contemporanei.
- Despite his ability, Clemens had little fame, particularly among his contemporaries.
- fare specie (amaze, shock)
specie f (invariable)
- kind, type, sort
- (biology) species, strain, breed
- (taxonomy) species
- ablative singular of species
- Under the pretext of. Under the guise of.