Complete Definition of "spice"

English
wikipedia

Pronunciation
enPR|spīs, IPA|/spaɪs/, SAMPA|/spaIs/
audio|en-us-spice.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|aɪs

Etymology 1
From OF. term|espice (modern term|épice), from LL. (plural) term|species||spices, goods, wares, from L. (singular) term|species|spĕciēs|kind, sort.

Noun
en-noun|s|-

  1. uncountable plant|Plant matter (usually dried) used to season or flavour food.
  2. countable Any variety of spice.
  3. context|uncountable|Yorkshire dialect sweet|Sweets, candy.

Synonyms
herb

Derived terms
rfc-level|Derived terms at L4+ not in L3 POS section (AutoFormat? would have corrected level of Synonyms)
herbs and spices
spiceberry
spicy
variety is the spice of life

Translations
trans-top|plant matter used to season or flavour food
Czech: koření n
Dutch: t|nl|kruid|n, t|nl|specerij|f
French: épices f|p
German: Würze f
Italian: spezia|spezie f|p
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Japanese: 香辛料 (こうしんりょう, kōshinryō), スパイス (supaisu)
Norwegian: krydder
Russian: пряность (pr'ánost') f, специя (sp'écija) f
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trans-top|any variety of spice
Dutch: t|nl|specerij|f
Finnish: mauste
French: épice f
German: Gewürz n
Italian: spezia f
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Japanese: 香辛料 (こうしんりょう, kōshinryō), スパイス (supaisu)
Norwegian: krydder n
Russian: пряность (pr'ánost') f, специя (sp'écija) f
Spanish: especia f
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trans-top|Yorkshire dialect: sweets, candy
See sweet, candy
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Verb
en-verb|spic|ing

  1. transitive To add spice or spices to.

Derived terms
spice up

Translations
trans-top|to add spice or spices to
Dutch: t|nl|kruiden
French: épicer
Italian: speziare
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Norwegian: krydre
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Etymology 2
Formed by analogy with term|mice as the plural of term|mouse by w:Robert A. Heinlein|Robert A. Heinlein in w:Time Enough for Love|Time Enough for Love.

Noun
spice

  1. context|nonce word plural of|spouse

References
R:Online Etymology Dictionary

Category:English irregular plurals
Category:Seasonings

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