noun \ˈplās\

: a fish that has a flat body and that is eaten as food

plural plaice

Full Definition of PLAICE

:  any of various flatfishes; especially :  a large European flounder (Pleuronectes platessa) having red spots and used for food

Origin of PLAICE

Middle English, from Anglo-French plais, from Late Latin platessa
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa)—Jacques Six

Commercially valuable European flatfish (Pleuronectes platessa). At most 36 in. (90 cm) long, the plaice normally has both eyes on the right side of the head and four to seven bony bumps near its eyes. It is brown with red or orange spots. The American plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides) is found in both Europe (where it is called the rough dab) and the U.S. It is reddish or brownish and grows to about 24 in. (60 cm) long.


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