plaice

[ pleys ]
/ pleɪs /

noun, plural plaice.

a European flatfish, Pleuronectes platessa, used for food.
any of various American flatfishes or flounders.

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Origin of plaice

1250–1300; Middle English, variant of plais<Old French <Late Latin platessa flatfish <Greek platýsflat1, broad
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British Dictionary definitions for plaice

plaice
/ (pleɪs) /

noun plural plaice or plaices

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 for plaice

C13: from Old French plaïz, from Late Latin platessa flatfish, from Greek platus flat
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