• IPA: /ˈspiːʃi/

specie (uncountable)

  1. Type or kind, in various uses of the phrase in specie.
  2. 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.”

specie (plural species)

  1. (proscribed) singular of species#English|species

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