Plant matter (usually dried) used to season or flavour food. (noun)
Any variety of spice. (noun)
Appeal, interest; an attribute that makes something appealing, interesting, or engaging. (noun)
Sweets, candy. (noun)
To add spice or spices to. (verb)
Plural form of spouse. (noun)
Examples of word spice
The word spice came from the medieval Latin species, which meant â€œkind of merchandise.â€
No. (2) The term spice means any aromatic vegetable substance in the whole, broken, or ground form, except for those substances which have been traditionally regarded as foods, such as onions, garlic and celery; whose significant function in food is seasoning rather than nutritional; that is true to name; and from which no portion of any volatile oil or other flavoring principle has been removed.
It was a proverbial saying in the school that Annie Forest was always in hot water; she was exceedingly daring, and loved what she called a spice of danger.
Travis Jackson walks through his modest ranch house, admiring the kitchen's built-in spice rack and the red-oak floors.
Your comparison between oil and spice is spot on -- I wish I'd thought of it!