Spice

A small admixture, a flavouring; as, “He is all very well, but there's a spice of conceit about him.” Probably the French espèce.

“God's bounte is all pure, without ony espece of evyll.” —Caxton: Mirrour of the World. i.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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