American plaice

noun

Definition of American plaice

: a small, brownish flounder (Hippoglossoides platessoides) found on both coasts of the north Atlantic that has a large mouth and both eyes on the right side While bowheads are doing better because commercial hunting has ended, the situation is dire for the American plaice, a flatfish that experts fear is in the midst of a cod-like collapse due to massive overharvesting in Canadian waters. — Martin Mittelstaedt, Globe and Mail (Canada), 5 May 2009

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First Known Use of American plaice

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“American plaice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20plaice. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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