plage

[ plahzh ]
/ plɑʒ /

noun

a sandy bathing beach at a seashore resort.
Astronomy. a luminous area in the sun's chromosphere that appears in the vicinity of a sunspot.

Origin of plage

1885–90; < French < Italian piaggia < Late Latin plagia shore, noun use of feminine of plagius horizontal < Greek plágios slanting, sideways; see plagio-
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British Dictionary definitions for plage

plage
/ (plɑːʒ) /

noun

astronomy a bright patch in the sun's chromosphere

Word Origin for plage

French, literally: beach, strand
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Scientific definitions for plage

plage
[ pläzh ]

A bright and intensely hot area in the Sun's chromosphere, usually associated with a sunspot. It is typically brighter than its surroundings but may be indistinguishable due to lack of contrast. Plages are sources of strong ultraviolet radiation.
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