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English noun: spice

1. spice (substance) aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative

Broader (hypernym)preservative

Narrower (hyponym)stacte

2. spice (food) any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food

Broader (hypernym)flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoner, seasoning

Narrower (hyponym)allspice, Chinese anise, cinnamon, clove, fennel, five spice powder, ginger, mace, nutmeg, powdered ginger, star anise, star aniseed

3. spice (attribute) the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored

Synonymsspicery, spiciness

Broader (hypernym)taste property

Narrower (hyponym)bite, hotness, nip, pepperiness, piquance, piquancy, piquantness, pungency, raciness, sharpness, tang, tanginess, zest

English verb: spice

1. spice (change) make more interesting or flavorful

SamplesSpice up the evening by inviting a belly dancer.

Synonymsspice up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)salt

2. spice (perception) add herbs or spices to

Synonymsspice up, zest

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)flavor, flavour, season

Narrower (hyponym)ginger, pepper

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

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