\ \ [13] The plaice is etymologically the ‘broad’ fish. Its name goes back ultimately to Greek platūsbroad’ (which makes it distantly related to place). From this was descended, via some missing links, late Latin platessaflatfish’, which became Old French plaïs – whence English plaice.

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