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. [cite book | first = C. M. | last = Woolgar | authorlink = | title = The Great Household in Late Medieval England | edition = | publisher = Yale University Press | location = New Haven and London | year = 1999 | page = pp. 111, 144 | id = ISBN 0-300-07687-8 | url = ] The term is largely obsolete today, and if used at all is more often simply a synonym for spices. [cite web | url = http://webster.com/dictionary/spicery | title = spicery | publisher = Merriam-Webster | author = | date = | accessdate = 2008-01-19]


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  • Spicery — Spi cer*y, n. [OF. espicerie, F. [ e]picerie.] 1. Spices, in general. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A repository of spices. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spicery — [spīs′ər ē] n. pl. spiceries [ME spicerie < MFr espicerie < espice: see SPICE] 1. spices 2. spicy quality, flavor, or aroma 3. Obs. a place to keep spices …   English World dictionary

  • Spicery — In the royal household, the spicery took in a great many items. Wax, napery, cloth, canvas and spices were all acquired through the great wardrobe. These goods were then distributed to the appropriate officers …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • spicery — noun (plural eries) Date: 13th century 1. spices 2. archaic a repository of spices 3. a spicy quality …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spicery — /spuy seuh ree/, n., pl. spiceries for 3. 1. spices. 2. spicy flavor or fragrance. 3. Archaic. a storeroom or place for spices. [1250 1300; ME spicerie < OF espicerie. See SPICE, ERY] * * * …   Universalium

  • spicery — noun a) Spices, in general. b) A repository of spices …   Wiktionary

  • Spicery —    Heb. nechoth, identified with the Arabic naka at, the gum tragacanth, obtained from the astralagus, of which there are about twenty species found in Palestine. The tragacanth of commerce is obtained from the A. tragacantha. The gum exudes… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • spicery — sb. RG. 151 …   Oldest English Words

  • spicery — spic·ery …   English syllables

  • spicery — spic•er•y [[t]ˈspaɪ sə ri[/t]] n. pl. er•ies 1) spices 2) spicy flavor or fragrance 3) archaic a storeroom for spices • Etymology: 1250–1300 …   From formal English to slang

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