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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A few late cod from deep water at Lepe while flounder and odd plaice taken from the Stone Point section.
▪ But Lowestoft still has a trawler fleet, mainly fishing on the shallow bed of the North Sea for plaice and haddock.
▪ Joe began to prepare the plaice, using a thin and very sharp knife to fillet them.
▪ Only plaice was familiar to him, so he supposed it had better be that.
▪ Prepare the plaice to the end of stage 2, cover and refrigerate.
▪ Southwold to Brightlingsea poor with flounder and dabs plus occasional sole and plaice from estuaries.
▪ The fish hawkers on the beach stalls opposite sell plaice still flapping, straight out of the sea.
▪ The odd plaice show throughout May along with bass and a few early silver eel.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plaice \Plaice\, n. [F. plaise, plais, prob. fr. L. platessa flatish, plaice. See Place.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A European food fish ( Pleuronectes platessa), allied to the flounder, and growing to the weight of eight or ten pounds or more.

  2. A large American flounder ( Paralichthys dentatus; called also brail, puckermouth, and summer flounder. The name is sometimes applied to other allied species. [Written also plaise.]

    Plaice mouth, a mouth like that of a plaice; a small or wry mouth. [R.]
    --B. Jonson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of European edible flatfish, late 13c., from Old French plaise (12c., Modern French plie), from Late Latin platessa "plaice, flatfish," perhaps related to or from Greek platys "broad, flat," from PIE *plat- "to spread" (cognates: Sanskrit prathati "spreads out;" Hittite palhi "broad;" Lithuanian platus "broad;" German Fladen "flat cake;" Old Norse flatr "flat;" Old English flet "floor, dwelling;" Old Irish lethan "broad"); extended variant form of root *pele- (2) "flat; to spread" (see plane (n.1)).


n. 1 The large marine flatfish, ''Pleuronectes platessa'', commonly found in the North Sea and Irish Sea, with smooth brown skin and red or orange spots. 2 The flatfish, (taxlink Hippoglossoides platessoides species noshow=1), of the North American Atlantic; the (vern American plaice pedia=1).

  1. n. flesh of large European flatfish

  2. large European food fish [syn: Pleuronectes platessa]

Plaice (disambiguation)

Plaice is the common name of four species of flatfishes.

Plaice or PLAICE may also refer to:

  • USS Plaice (SS-390), a Balao-class submarine
  • PLAICE, an open source hardware FLASH programmer, memory emulator, and logic analyzer

Plaice is a common name used for a group of flatfish. There are four species in the group, the European, American, Alaskan, and scale-eye plaice.

Commercially, the most important plaice is the European. This is the principal commercial flatfish in Europe; it is also widely fished recreationally, has potential as an aquaculture species, and is kept as an aquarium fish. Also commercially important is the American plaice.

The term plaice (plural plaice) comes from the 14th century Anglo-French plais. This in turn comes from the late Latin platessa, meaning flatfish, which originated from the Ancient Greek platys, meaning broad.

Usage examples of "plaice".

Doctor, I dare say I can find somebody in his right wits, but Plaice is lashed into his hammock for the moment, having been pumped over - you can hear him singing Green-sleeves if you bend your ear forward.

By the time they had sailed down the long harbour dawn was just beginning to break, a dawn so pure and exquisite that even Joe Plaice, who had seen ten thousand of them at sea, looked at it with mild approval, and Martin clasped his hands.

At the same time he could hear Joe Plaice fussing about in the galley.

Yet through the bellowing of mess numbers and the banging of mess kids, Plaice and Jemmy Ducks stuck doggedly to their tasks in the galley, standing there in the midst of the tide, blocking the fairway fore and aft.

This was partly because drinking it spaced out the viscous gobbets and partly because both Plaice and Bonden had salted the dish, which bred an unnatural thirst, but also because the wine was thoroughly agreeable in itself.

Stephen would have been quite cheerful if it had not been for two patients who weighed upon his mind, the one his old friend Joe Plaice, who had brought his head against a ring-bolt in a commonplace fall down a ladder, fracturing his skull, and the other Mrs Homer, who was not responding to his treatment in any way.

I remember right, Plaice was operated on in a close-reefed topsail breeze.

I lingered among the chilled foods, and took particular delight in the cabinets of frozen goods where slices of plaice and breasts of chicken lay beneath a white covering of frost.

Milton oyster, the plaice sound and firm, the flounder as much alive as when in the water, the shrimp as big as a prawn, the fine cod alive but a few hours ago, or any other of the various treasures which those water-deities who fish the sea and rivers have committed to the care of the nymphs, the angry Naiades lift up their immortal voices, and the prophane wretch is struck deaf for his impiety.

Father had plaice and chips and apple pie and ice cream and a pot of Earl Grey tea and I had my sandwiches and I read the guidebook to the zoo.

But she won mahhy me say she twell I steel one thousum dollah fum Doctah Revend Fearnaught an huh an me we tek it on de heel an toe 2 Calyforny or sum fool plaice whah dey caint ketch us.

He leab money all obah his plaice I eben knows how to git into his safe whah he keep foldin money an silvah and eben gol.

A pleasant land it is in sooth of murmuring waters, fishful streams where sport the gurnard, the plaice, the roach, the halibut, the gibbed haddock, the grilse, the dab, the brill, the flounder, the pollock, the mixed coarse fish generally and other denizens of the aqueous kingdom too numerous to be enumerated.

Jeremy salivates in Pavlovian fashion as his plaice is laid on the paper for wrapping.

I remember catching what I was convinced a plaice, though it was only the size of a postage stamp and probably died when I tried to keep it as a pet.