plaice NOUN (pl. same) a brown flatfish with orange spots, commercially important as a food fish.
ORIGIN Old French plaiz, from Greek platus 'broad' .

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  • Plaice — Plaice, n. [F. plaise, plais, prob. fr. L. platessa flatish, plaice. See {Place}.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European food fish ({Pleuronectes platessa}), allied to the flounder, and growing to the weight of eight or ten pounds or more. (b) A large… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plaice — [pleıs] n plural plaice [U and C] a flat sea fish that is eaten …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plaice — [plās] n. pl. plaice or plaices [ME plais < OFr plaïs < LL platessa, flatfish < Gr platys, broad: see PLATY ] any of various American and European flounders (esp. genera Pleuronectes and Hippoglossoides) …   English World dictionary

  • plaice — [ pleıs ] noun count a thin, flat brown sea fish with orange spots that lives in the northern half of the world a. uncount this fish eaten as food …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plaice — late 13c., from O.Fr. plaise, from L.L. platessa, perhaps related to Gk. platys broad, or from the root of plat flat …   Etymology dictionary

  • plaice — /plays/, n., pl. plaice. 1. a European flatfish, Pleuronectes platessa, used for food. 2. any of various American flatfishes or flounders. [1250 1300; ME, var. of plais < OF < LL platessa flatfish < Gk platýs FLAT1, broad] * * * Commercially… …   Universalium

  • PLAICE — The PLAICE, or FLASH PLAICE, is a powerful open source hardware device, combining a flash memory programmer, in circuit emulation, and a high speed multi channel logic analyzer. It is built around a 32 bit RISC Microblaze processor, realized on a …   Wikipedia

  • plaice — [[t]ple͟ɪs[/t]] N VAR (plaice is both the singular and the plural form.) Plaice are a type of flat sea fish. N UNCOUNT Plaice is this fish eaten as food. ...a fillet of plaice with sautéd rice and vegetables …   English dictionary

  • Plaice — This interesting name has three known origins. The first being topographic from the residence near a fence of living wood with intertwining branches, deriving from the Olde French pleis or the latin plectere meaning to plait, weave or intertwine …   Surnames reference

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