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Webster 1913 Edition


Spice

Spice

,
Noun.
[OE.
spice
,
spece
, spice, species, OF.
espice
,
espece
, F.
épice
spice,
espèce
species, fr. L.
species
particular sort or kind, a species, a sight, appearance, show, LL., spices, drugs, etc., of the same sort, fr. L.
specere
to look. See
Spy
, and cf.
Species
.]
1.
Species; kind.
[Obs.]
The
spices
of penance ben three.
Chaucer.
Abstain you from all evil
spice
.
Wyclif (1. Thess,v. 22).
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.
Sir T. Elyot.
2.
A vegetable production of many kinds, fragrant or aromatic and pungent to the taste, as pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, ginger, cloves, etc., which are used in cookery and to flavor sauces, pickles, etc.
Hast thou aught in thy purse [bag] any hot
spices
?
Piers Plowman.
3.
Figuratively, that which enriches or alters the quality of a thing in a small degree, as spice alters the taste of food; that which gives zest or pungency; a slight flavoring; a relish; hence, a small quantity or admixture; a sprinkling;
as, a
spice
of mischief
.
So much of the will, with a
spice
of the willful.
Coleridge.

Spice

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Spiced
;
p. p. & vb. n.
Spicing
.]
1.
To season with spice, or as with spice; to mix aromatic or pungent substances with; to flavor; to season;
as, to
spice
wine; to
spice
one’s words with wit
.
She 'll receive thee, but will
spice
thy bread
With flowery poisons.
Chapman.
2.
To fill or impregnate with the odor of spices.
In the
spiced
Indian air, by night.
Shakespeare
3.
To render nice or dainty; hence, to render scrupulous.
[Obs.]
“A spiced conscience.”
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


Spice

SPICE

,
Noun.
1.
A vegetable production, fragrant or aromatic to the smell and pungent to the taste; used in sauces and in cookery.
2.
A small quantity; something that enriches or alters the quality of a thing in a small degree, as spice alters the taste of a thing.
3.
A sample.

SPICE

, v.t.
1.
To season with spice; to mix aromatic substances with; as, to spice wine.
2.
To tincture; as the spiced Indian air.
3.
To render nice; to season with scruples.

Definition 2021


spice

spice

See also: SPICE

English

Noun

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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Verb

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

Formed by analogy with mice as the plural of mouse by Robert A. Heinlein in Time Enough for Love.

Noun

spice

  1. (nonce word) plural of spouse

References

  • spice” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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Latin

Verb

spice

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of spiciō

Lower Sorbian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈspʲit͡sɛ]

Adjective

spice

  1. nominative singular neuter of spicy
  2. accusative singular neuter of spicy
  3. nominative plural of spicy
  4. accusative plural of spicy

Participle

spice

  1. nominative singular neuter of spicy
  2. accusative singular neuter of spicy
  3. nominative plural of spicy
  4. accusative plural of spicy