plack

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch placke (name of a coin). Cognate with Old High German pleh, bleh (thin leaf of metal, plate). Compare plaque.

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Noun[edit]

plack (plural placks)

  1. (obsolete) A coin used in the Netherlands in the 15th and 16th centuries. [15th-17th c.]
  2. (Scotland, Northern England, now historical) A coin issued by James III of Scotland; also a 15th-16th century Scottish coin worth four Scots pennies. [from 15th c.]
    • 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Oxford 2010, p. 49:
      ‘Yes, I prayed you to grant my life, which is in your power. The saving of it would not have cost you a plack, yet you refused to do it.’

Etymology 2[edit]

Variant forms.

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plack (plural placks)

  1. (US) Misspelling of plaque.

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Flemish placke ‘small coin’, French plaque, mediaeval Latin placa. Compare plaque.

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Noun[edit]

plack (plural placks)

  1. (historical) plack
    And than, besides his valiant acts, / At bridals he won many placks. (Robert Sempill, ‘The Piper of Kilbarchan’)