plural plaice
: any of various flatfishes
especially : a large European flounder (Pleuronectes platessa) having red spots and used for food

Examples of plaice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The committee reported that the new technology was already causing a decline of fish in the North Sea--not yet of cod, perhaps, those prodigious reproducers, but certainly of plaice and haddock. Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Small fish like anchovies, Atlantic mackerel, catfish, flounder, haddock, mullet, plaice, pollock, and salmon as well as shellfish like clams, crab, crawfish, and oysters have the lowest levels of mercury contamination, according to the FDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Gia Mora, Treehugger, 8 Mar. 2023 Alex Little from Queen’s University, Canada, has found that billfishes, like swordfish and marlin, are some of the closest living relatives to the flatfishes, like plaice, sole, flounder and halibut. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 18 Aug. 2010 As babies, flatfishes like plaice and flounders look like every other fish. Discover Magazine, 27 Apr. 2011 Sometimes lower value species such as plaice were chucked back into the water—usually dying—because captains wanted to save room in their holds for more profitable catch like sole. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 13 Jan. 2021 Early on a recent Tuesday morning, about 50 merchants gathered around gray and red cartons containing species like turbot, hake and plaice and called out bids. WSJ, 27 June 2018 Overall, the menu lightens up the classics, sending out elegant plates of dark rye topped with, say, fried plaice with remoulade, or shrimps in mayo. Bon Appetit, 18 June 2018 When studying populations of a flounder-like North Sea fish called plaice in the early 1900’s, a man named Heincke noticed that older, larger fish are found deeper in the water than younger, smaller fish. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 8 June 2018

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French plais, from Late Latin platessa

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plaice was in the 14th century

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“Plaice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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