Borrowed from French plaque ("plate, sheet (of metal); slab (of marble); bacteria on teeth"), from French plaquer, Middle French plaquer ("to plate"), from Middle Dutch placken ("to patch, beat metal into a thin plate"), from placke, from Old Dutch *plagga ("patch"), from Proto-Germanic *plaggą ("patch").
The word is cognate with Middle Low German placke, plagge, German Placken ("spot, patch"), Saterland Frisian plak, plakke, Swedish plagg ("clothing, garment"). Compare plack.
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