Spick and span, quite new; that is, as new as a spike or nail just made and a chip just split; brand- new; as, a spick and span novelty. See Span-new. Howell.

(Spick"nel) n. [Contr. from spike nail a large, long nail; — so called in allusion to the shape of its capillary leaves.] (Bot.) An umbelliferous herb (Meum Athamanticum) having finely divided leaves, common in Europe; — called also baldmoney, mew, and bearwort. [Written also spignel.]

(Spi*cose") a. [L. spica a spike, or ear.] (Bot.) Having spikes, or ears, like corn spikes.

1. One who seasons with spice.

2. One who deals in spice. [Obs.] Piers Plowman.

(Spi"cer*y) n. [OF. espicerie, F. épicerie.]

1. Spices, in general. Chaucer.

2. A repository of spices. Addison.

(Spice"wood`) n. (Bot.) An American shrub the bark of which has a spicy taste and odor; — called also Benjamin, wild allspice, and fever bush.

(Spi*cif"er*ous) a. [L. spicifer bearing spikes, or ears; spica ear + ferre to bear.] Bearing ears, or spikes; spicate. [Obs.] Bailey.

(Spi"ci*form) a. [L. spica a spike, ear + -form.] (Bot.) Spike-shaped. Gray.

(Spi"ci*ly), adv. In a spicy manner.

(Spi"ci*ness), n. The quality or state of being spicy.

(Spick) n. [Cf. Sw. spik. See Spike a nail.] A spike or nail. [Prov. Eng.]

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