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spice (spaɪs)
1.  a.  any of a variety of aromatic vegetable substances, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, used as flavourings
 b.  these substances collectively
2.  something that represents or introduces zest, charm, or gusto
3.  rare a small amount
4.  dialect (Yorkshire) confectionery
5.  to prepare or flavour (food) with spices
6.  to introduce charm or zest into
[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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