(Pla*gose") a. [L. plagosus. See Plague.] Fond of flogging; as, a plagose master. [R.]
(Plague) n. [L. plaga a blow, stroke, plague; akin to Gr. fr. to strike; cf. L. plangere to strike,
beat. Cf. Plaint.]
1. That which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or
And men blasphemed God for the plague of hail.Wyclif.
The different plague of each calamity.Shak.
2. (Med.) An acute malignant contagious fever, that often prevails in Egypt, Syria, and Turkey, and
has at times visited the large cities of Europe with frightful mortality; hence, any pestilence; as, the great
London plague. "A plague upon the people fell." Tennyson.
Cattle plague. See Rinderpest. Plague mark, Plague spot, a spot or mark of the plague; hence,
a token of something incurable.
(Plague), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plagued ; p. pr. & vb. n. Plaguing.]
1. To infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind.
Thus were they plaguedMilton.
And worn with famine.
2. Fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass.
She will plague the man that loves her most.Spenser.
Syn. To vex; torment; distress; afflict; harass; annoy; tease; tantalize; trouble; molest; embarrass; perplex.
(Plague"ful) a. Abounding, or infecting, with plagues; pestilential; as, plagueful exhalations.
(Plague"less), a. Free from plagues or the plague.
(Pla"guer) n. One who plagues or annoys.
(Pla"gui*ly) adv. In a plaguing manner; vexatiously; extremely. [Colloq.] "Ronsard is so plaguily
stiff and stately." Landor.
(Pla"guy) a. Vexatious; troublesome; tormenting; as, a plaguy horse. [Colloq.] Also used adverbially; as,
"He is so plaguy proud." Shak.
Plaice mouth, a mouth like that of a plaice; a small or wry mouth. [R.] B. Jonson.
(Plaice) n. [F. plaise, plais, prob. fr. L. platessa flatish, plaice. See Place.] (Zoöl.) (a) A
European food fish allied to the flounder, and growing to the weight of eight or ten pounds or more. (b)
A large American flounder (Paralichthys dentatus; called also brail, puckermouth, and summer flounder.
The name is sometimes applied to other allied species. [Written also plaise.]
(Plaid) n. [Gael. plaide a blanket or plaid, contr. fr. peallaid a sheepskin, fr. peall a skin or
hide. CF. Pillion.]
1. A rectangular garment or piece of cloth, usually made of the checkered material called tartan, but
sometimes of plain gray, or gray with black stripes. It is worn by both sexes in Scotland.
2. Goods of any quality or material of the pattern of a plaid or tartan; a checkered cloth or pattern.
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