AskDefine | Define spicery

Dictionary Definition

spicery n : the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored [syn: spiciness, spice]

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  1. Spices, in general.
  2. A repository of spices.


Extensive Definition

A spicery was the office in a medieval household responsible for spices, as well as the room in which the spices were kept. It was headed by a spicerer. The office was subordinated to the kitchen or the wardrobe, and only existed as a separate office in larger households. It was closely connected with other offices of the kitchen, such as the saucery and the scullery. The term is largely obsolete today, and if used at all is more often simply a synonym for spices.


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