Specie Definition

spēshē, -sē
Coin, as distinguished from paper money; also, coin made of precious, as distinguished from base, metal.
Webster's New World
Money that has an intrinsic value, such as silver or gold coins, minted in different denominations and in different degrees of fineness, and usually displaying government markings.
Webster's New World Law

Type or kind, in various uses of the phrase in specie.


(nonstandard) Singular form of species.


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Origin of Specie

  • From (in) specie (in) the actual form from Latin (in) speciē (in) kind ablative of speciēs species

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Originally in the phrase in specie; from Latin speciē, ablative singular of species. Compare payment in kind.

    From Wiktionary

  • back-formation from species (plural), the final "s" being misinterpreted as a plural ending.

    From Wiktionary

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