- a European flatfish, Pleuronectes platessa, used for food.
- any of various American flatfishes or flounders.
Origin of plaice
Examples from the Web for plaice
Plaice, dabs, and flounders, may be dressed in the same way.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Ye kinge with alle his courtlie trane Is spurring on your plaice to gane.The English Spy
Plaice: cut off the fins, cross it with a knife, sauce with wine, &c.
The sailors had caught some plaice which were for the guests in the cabin.Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680
The sea supplied abundance of salmon, trout, cod, and plaice.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
- a European flatfish, Pleuronectes platessa, having an oval brown body marked with red or orange spots and valued as a food fish: family Pleuronectidae
- US and Canadian any of various other fishes of the family Pleuronectidae, esp Hippoglossoides platessoides
Word Origin and History for plaice
type of European edible flatfish, late 13c., from Old French plaise (12c., Modern French plie), from Late Latin platessa "plaice, flatfish," perhaps related to or from Greek platys "broad, flat," from PIE *plat- "to spread" (cf. Sanskrit prathati "spreads out;" Hittite palhi "broad;" Lithuanian platus "broad;" German Fladen "flat cake;" Old Norse flatr "flat;" Old English flet "floor, dwelling;" Old Irish lethan "broad"); extended variant form of root *pele- (2) "flat; to spread" (see plane (n.1)).