Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Coined money; coin.
  • idiom (in specie) In coin.
  • idiom (in specie) In a similar manner; in kind.
  • idiom Law (in specie) As specified.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun As a Latin noun, used in the phrase in specie: In kind.
  • noun In coin. See def. 2. Hence, as an English noun
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Coin; hard money.
  • abl. of L. species sort, kind. Used in the phrase in specie, that is, in sort, in kind, in (its own) form.
  • (Law) in precise or definite form; specifically; according to the exact terms; of the very thing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Singular form of species.
  • noun Type or kind, in various uses of the phrase in specie.
  • noun Money, especially in the form of coins made from precious metal, that has an intrinsic value; coinage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun coins collectively

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From (in) specie, (in) the actual form, from Latin (in) speciē, (in) kind, ablative of speciēs; see species.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

back-formation from species (plural), influenced by the original Latin 'type, form'.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originally in the phrase in specie; from Latin speciē, ablative singular of species. Compare payment in kind.

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  • L. speciē = A. outwardly, to all appearances; B. (with genitive case): 1. in the guise of; 2. on the pretext of.

    September 22, 2011