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 Spectrum, Spectra, Spectre (Latin, specto, to behold).Speech. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
means to look out of a watch-tower, to spy about (Latin). Metaphorically, to look at a subject with the mind’s eye, to spy into it; in commerce, to purchase articles which your mind has speculated on, and has led you to expect will prove profitable. (Specula’ris lapis is what we should now call window-glass.)   1

 Spectrum, Spectra, Spectre (Latin, specto, to behold).Speech. 


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