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specie1

[spee-shee, -see] /ˈspi ʃi, -si/
noun
1.
coined money; coin.
Idioms
2.
in specie,
  1. in the same kind.
  2. (of money) in coin.
  3. in a similar manner; in kind:
    Such treachery should be repaid in specie.
  4. Law. in the identical shape, form, etc., as specified.
Origin of specie1
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin (in) speciē (in) kind; see species
Can be confused
specie, species, specious.

specie2

[spee-shee, -see] /ˈspi ʃi, -si/
noun, Nonstandard.
1.
Origin
by back formation, construing species as plural noun
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British Dictionary definitions for specie

specie

/ˈspiːʃiː/
noun
1.
coin money, as distinguished from bullion or paper money
2.
in specie
  1. (of money) in coin
  2. in kind
  3. (law) in the actual form specified
Word Origin
C16: from the Latin phrase in speciē in kind
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Word Origin and History for specie
n.

1610s, "coin, money in the form of coins" (as opposed to paper money or bullion), from phrase in specie "in the real or actual form" (1550s), from Latin in specie "in kind," ablative of species "kind, form, sort" (see species).

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