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Plash (noun)

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Plash. n.s. [plasche, Dutch; platz, Danish.]

  1. A small lake of water or puddle.

                    He leaves
    A shallow plash to plunge him in the deep,
    And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.
    Shakesp.

    Two frogs consulted, in the time of drought, when many plashes, that they had repaired to, were dry, what was to be done. Bacon.

    I understand the aquatile or water frog, whereof in ditches and standing plashes we behold millions. Brown.

    With filth the miscreant lies bewray'd,
    Fall'n in the plash his wickedness had laid.
    Pope.

  2. [From the verb to plash.] Branch partly cut off and bound to other branches.

    In the plashing your quick, avoid laying of it too low and too thick, which makes the sap run all into the shoots, and leaves the plashes without nourishment. Mortimer.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Browne, Thomas (204) · Mortimer, John (62) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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