from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large edible marine flatfish (Pleuronectes platessa) of western European waters.
  • n. Any of various flatfishes, such as Hippoglossoides platessoides of North American Atlantic waters, related to the plaice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The large marine flatfish, Pleuronectes platessa, commonly found in the North Sea and Irish Sea, with smooth brown skin and red or orange spots.
  • n. The flatfish, Hippoglossoides platessoides, of the North American Atlantic; American plaice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A European food fish (Pleuronectes platessa), allied to the flounder, and growing to the weight of eight or ten pounds or more.
  • n. A large American flounder (Paralichthys dentatus; called also brail, puckermouth, and summer flounder. The name is sometimes applied to other allied species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the family Pleuronectidæ and genus Pleuronectes, P. platessa.
  • n. Hence, by extension, any one of various flatfishes or flounders of the family Pleuronectidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large European food fish
  • n. flesh of large European flatfish


Middle 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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French plaiz, from Late Latin platessa, from Ancient Greek πλατύς ("broad"). (Wiktionary)


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