from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Coined money; coin.
- idiom in specie In coin.
- idiom in specie In a similar manner; in kind: repaid the offense in specie.
- idiom in specie Law In the same kind or shape; as specified.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Type or kind, in various uses of the phrase in specie.
- n. Money, especially in the form of coins made from precious metal, that has an intrinsic value; coinage.
- n. Singular form of species.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- abl. of L. species sort, kind. Used in the phrase in specie, that is, in sort, in kind, in (its own) form.
- n. Coin; hard money.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. As a Latin noun, used in the phrase in specie: In kind.
- n. In coin. See def. 2. Hence, as an English noun
- n. Coin; metallic money; a medium of exchange consisting of gold or silver (the precious metals) coined by sovereign authority in pieces of various standard weights and values, and of minor coins of copper, bronze, or some other cheap or base metal: often used attributively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. coins collectively
From (in) specie, (in) the actual form, from Latin (in) speciē, (in) kind, ablative of speciēs; see species.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally in the phrase in specie; from Latin speciē, ablative singular of species. Compare payment in kind. (Wiktionary)
back-formation from species (plural), influenced by the original Latin 'type, form'. (Wiktionary)