specie

1 of 2

noun (1)

spe·​cie ˈspē-shē How to pronounce specie (audio)
-sē
: money in coin

specie

2 of 2

noun (2)

nonstandard
Phrases
in specie
: in the same or like form or kind
ready to return insult in specie
also : in coin

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

from in specie, from Latin, in kind

Noun (2)

back-formation from species (taken as a plural)

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1617, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of specie was in 1617

Dictionary Entries Near specie

Cite this Entry

“Specie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specie. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

specie

noun

spe·​cie
ˈspē-shē,
-sē
: money in coin

Legal Definition

specie

noun

spe·​cie ˈspē-shē, -sē How to pronounce specie (audio)
: money in coin
in specie
: in the identical form and without alteration or substitution
an agreement to be carried out in specie

History and Etymology for specie

from in specie, from Latin, in kind

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