Specie meaning

spēshē, -sē
Coined money; coin.
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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.
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Type or kind, in various uses of the phrase in specie.
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Money, especially in the form of coins made from precious metal, that has an intrinsic value; coinage.
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Coin, as distinguished from paper money; also, coin made of precious, as distinguished from base, metal.
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(nonstandard) Singular form of species.
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in specie
  • In coin.
  • In a similar manner; in kind:.
    Repaid the offense in specie.
  • As specified.
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in specie
  • In kind.
  • In coin.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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 speciÄ“, 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