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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes lower value species such as plaice were chucked back into the water—usually dying—because captains wanted to save room in their holds for more profitable catch like sole. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 13 Jan. 2021 Early on a recent Tuesday morning, about 50 merchants gathered around gray and red cartons containing species like turbot, hake and plaice and called out bids. WSJ, 27 June 2018 Overall, the menu lightens up the classics, sending out elegant plates of dark rye topped with, say, fried plaice with remoulade, or shrimps in mayo. Bon Appetit, 18 June 2018 When studying populations of a flounder-like North Sea fish called plaice in the early 1900’s, a man named Heincke noticed that older, larger fish are found deeper in the water than younger, smaller fish. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 8 June 2018 Two Chelsea-porcelain plaice tureens, covers, and spoons, circa 1755. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, 15 Apr. 2018 Buyers crowd around stuffed crates of plaice, Dover sole, hake and a dozen other species. Hannah George,, 31 July 2017 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French plais, from Late Latin platessa

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plaice was in the 14th century

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“Plaice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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