pl. or plaic′es
any of various American and European flounders (esp. genera Pleuronectes and Hippoglossoides)
Origin of plaiceMiddle English plais ; from Old French plaïs ; from Late Latin platessa, flatfish ; from Classical Greek platys, broad: see platy-
nounpl. plaice or plaic·es
- A large edible marine flatfish (Pleuronectes platessa) of European coastal waters.
- Any of various other flatfishes, such as Hippoglossoides platessoides of northern Atlantic coastal waters.
Origin of plaiceMiddle English, from Old French plais, from Vulgar Latin *plat&imacron;x, alteration of Late Latin platessa, probably ultimately from Greek platus, broad; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
(plural plaice or plaices)
From Old French plaiz, from Late Latin platessa, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î»Î±Ï„ÏÏ‚ (platus, “broad").