Definition of plaice in English:

plaice

Syllabification: plaice
Pronunciation: /plās
 
/

noun (plural same)

  • A North Atlantic flatfish that is a commercially important food fish.
    • Two species in the family Pleuronectidae: the European Pleuronectes platessa, often found in very shallow water, and the American Hippoglossoides platessoides, found in deeper waters
    More example sentences
    • As a youngster he fished off the rocks for the usual species of cod, pollack, coley, wrasse, mackerel and dogfish with the odd plaice or eel.
    • They are the last remnants of a once-proud fishing industry, middle-water North Sea boats that fish for cod, plaice, haddock and lemon sole in an area that stretches down from Norway to the Thames.
    • Oysters, prawns, eel, trout, plaice, turbot, lobster, salmon and scallops with plenty of golden oldies such as sole veronique, poached and garnished with Muscat grapes.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French plaiz, from late Latin platessa, from Greek platus 'broad'.

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