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spice

[spahys] /spaɪs/
noun
1.
any of a class of pungent or aromatic substances of vegetable origin, as pepper, cinnamon, or cloves, used as seasoning, preservatives, etc.
2.
such substances collectively or as material:
Cookies without spice can be tasteless.
3.
a spicy or aromatic odor or fragrance.
4.
something that gives zest:
a spice of humor in his solemnity.
5.
a piquant, interesting element or quality; zest; piquancy:
The anecdotes lent spice to her talk.
6.
Archaic. a small quantity of something; trace; bit.
verb (used with object), spiced, spicing.
7.
to prepare or season with a spice or spices.
8.
to give zest, piquancy, or interest to by something added.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English, aphetic form of Old French espice (French épice) < Latin speciēs appearance, sort, kind (see species), in Late Latin (plural): goods, wares, spices, drugs; (v.) Middle English spicen, in part derivative of the noun, in part < Old French espicer, derivative of espice
Related forms
spiceable, adjective
spiceless, adjective
spicelike, adjective
overspice, verb, overspiced, overspicing.
respice, verb (used with object), respiced, respicing.
unspiced, adjective
well-spiced, adjective
Synonyms
5. tang, gusto, zip.
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British Dictionary definitions for spiceless

spice

/spaɪs/
noun
1.
  1. any of a variety of aromatic vegetable substances, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, used as flavourings
  2. these substances collectively
2.
something that represents or introduces zest, charm, or gusto
3.
(rare) a small amount
4.
(Yorkshire, dialect) confectionery
verb (transitive)
5.
to prepare or flavour (food) with spices
6.
to introduce charm or zest into
Derived Forms
spicer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French espice, from Late Latin speciēs (pl) spices, from Latin speciēs (sing) kind; also associated with Late Latin spīcea (unattested) fragrant herb, from Latin spīceus having spikes of foliage; see spica
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Word Origin and History for spiceless
spice
early 13c., from O.Fr. espice, from L.L. species (pl.) "spices, goods, wares," from L. "kind, sort" (see species). Early druggists recognized four "types" of spices: saffron, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. Fig. sense of "slight touch or trace of something" is recorded from 1530s. The verb, "to season with spices" is first recorded early 14c. (implied in spiced). Spicy is from 1560s; in the fig. sense of "racy, salacious" it dates from 1844. Spice-cake first attested 1520s.
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