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noun spice pronunciation in British English /spaɪs/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a substance made from plants and added to food to give it a particular flavour

    a blend of spices such as coriander and cumin

    a spice jar

  2. 2
    [uncountable] extra interest or excitement

    She needed something to put the spice back into her marriage.

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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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