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plage

[plahzh] /plɑʒ/
noun
1.
a sandy bathing beach at a seashore resort.
2.
Astronomy. a luminous area in the sun's chromosphere that appears in the vicinity of a sunspot.
Origin
1885-1890
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 plages

plage

/plɑːʒ/
noun
1.
(astronomy) a bright patch in the sun's chromosphere
Word Origin
French, literally: beach, strand
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plages in Science
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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