American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large edible marine flatfish (Pleuronectes platessa) of western European waters.
- n. Any of various flatfishes, such as Hippoglossoides platessoides of North American Atlantic waters, related to the plaice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fish of the family Pleuronectidæ and genus Pleuronectes, P. platessa. It is a well-known British food-fish, not found in American waters, growing to a weight of 8 or 10 pounds. See also cut under
- n. Hence, by extension, any one of various flatfishes or flounders of the family Pleuronectidæ. Citharichthys sordidus is a plaice common along the Pacific coast of America. Rhomboidichthys lunatus is a Bermuda plaice. The smooth plaice, or smooth-backed flounder, is Pleuronectes glaber.
- n. The large marine flatfish, Pleuronectes platessa, commonly found in the North Sea and Irish Sea, with smooth brown skin and red or orange spots.
- n. The flatfish, Hippoglossoides platessoides, of the North American Atlantic; American plaice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A European food fish (Pleuronectes platessa), allied to the flounder, and growing to the weight of eight or ten pounds or more.
- n. A large American flounder (Paralichthys dentatus; called also
brail, puckermouth, and summer flounder. The name is sometimes applied to other allied species.
- n. large European food fish
- n. flesh of large European flatfish
- From Old French plaiz, from Late Latin platessa, from Ancient Greek πλατύς ("broad"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French plais, from Vulgar Latin *platīx, alteration of Late Latin platessa, probably ultimately from Greek platus, broad; see plat- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Last Thursday there was a new one in plaice: Huw Irranca-Davies.”
“The plaice were the only ones which had not to be cut open.”
“It always ends in my having plaice, which is good for the soul!”
“Margate and Long Sands in Kent, Red Bay in Northern Ireland and North Norfolk sand banks act as nursery grounds for many commercial fish species such as plaice and sole whilst also supporting sand eel communities that are a food source for seabirds, porpoises and seals.”
“Sandbanks act as nursery grounds for many commercial fish species such as plaice and sole whilst also supporting sand eel communities that are a food source for seabirds and mammals such as seals, it said.”
“Collection Sauvignon Blanc as an ideal partner for shellfish and delicate fish such as plaice, sole and skate, and also goes well with asparagus and avocado.”
“plaice' and extra 'place,' at which he laughed heartily, Mark considered the most tactful way of leading up to a discussion of the position of the Anglican Church in regard to Roman claims.”
“And I can't tell one bit of difference between codfish and plaice.”
“I'm sorry to carp on, but surely there's a time and plaice for this sort of language.”
“Les Herbert bought some fish in his local posh supermarket, the one that pushes up house prices by just existing: "plaice fillets in a bespoke Waitrose crumb".”
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