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SPICE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spice mean? 

SPICE (noun)
  The noun SPICE has 3 senses:

1. aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative
2. any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food
3. the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored

  Familiarity information: SPICE used as a noun is uncommon.


SPICE (verb)
  The verb SPICE has 2 senses:

1. make more interesting or flavorful
2. add herbs or spices to

  Familiarity information: SPICE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPICE (noun)


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Meaning:

Aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("spice" is a kind of...):

preservative (a chemical compound that is added to protect against decay or decomposition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spice"):

stacte ((Old Testament) one of several sweet-smelling spices used in incense)


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Meaning:

Any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("spice" is a kind of...):

flavorer; flavoring; flavourer; flavouring; seasoner; seasoning (something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spice"):

Chinese anise; star anise; star aniseed (anise-scented star-shaped fruit or seed used in Oriental cooking and medicine)

nutmeg (hard aromatic seed of the nutmeg tree used as spice when grated or ground)

mace (spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed)

ginger; powdered ginger (dried ground gingerroot)

fennel (fennel seeds are ground and used as a spice or as an ingredient of a spice mixture)

clove (spice from dried unopened flower bud of the clove tree; used whole or ground)

cinnamon (spice from the dried aromatic bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree; used as rolled strips or ground)

allspice (ground dried berrylike fruit of a West Indian allspice tree; suggesting combined flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves)

five spice powder (Chinese seasoning made by grinding star anise and fennel and pepper and cloves and cinnamon)


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Meaning:

The property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

spicery; spiciness; spice

Hypernyms ("spice" is a kind of...):

taste property (a property appreciated via the sense of taste)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spice"):

bite; pungency; raciness; sharpness (a strong odor or taste property)

nip; piquance; piquancy; piquantness; tang; tanginess; zest (a tart spicy quality)

hotness; pepperiness (a hot spiciness)


SPICE (verb)


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Meaning:

Make more interesting or flavorful

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

spice; spice up

Context example:

Spice up the evening by inviting a belly dancer

Hypernyms (to "spice" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spice"):

salt (add zest or liveliness to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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Meaning:

Add herbs or spices to

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

spice up; zest; spice

Hypernyms (to "spice" is one way to...):

flavor; flavour; season (lend flavor to)

Domain category:

cookery; cooking; preparation (the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spice"):

ginger (add ginger to in order to add flavor)

pepper (add pepper to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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