nounpl. 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 platīx 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").