This week, when I was reading my newly purchased book, Herbs and Spices; the Cook's Reference, by Jill Norman, I discovered the relationship between the words specie, spice and species.
On page 9 she writes this about the word spices:
Again our word derives from Latin, where species meant specific kind but, in later use, goods or merchandise - spices certainly being an important commodity even at the time of the Romans.This made me wonder about the expression payment in specie. I didn't know what it means, but I've read it in historical novels.
Dictionary.com says of the word specie:
Collins English dictionary gives the origin of the phrase in specie as: