- a small, freshwater cyprinoid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus, of Europe, having a stout, fusiform body.
- any of several similar or related fishes of the U.S.
Origin of dace
1400–50; late Middle English darce, darse < Old French dars < Late Latin darsus
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Examples from the Web for dace
The dace is another fish which gives sport to the fly-fisherman.Amateur Fish Culture
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No; I have caught three trout with the fly, and I don't count the dace.
And the dace is deserving of respect because it will honestly take the fly.
So long as the dace were rising all the pike in the river could not tempt me to accompany them.
I should be the most ungrateful of anglers if I did not acknowledge my indebtedness to the dace.
- a European freshwater cyprinid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus, with a slender bluish-green body
- any of various similar fishes
C15: from Old French dars dart, probably referring to its swiftness
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Word Origin and History for dace
small, freshwater fish, early 15c., from Old French darz, nominative or plural of dart "dart" (see dart). So called for its movements. Another theory traces it to a Medieval Latin darsus, said to be of Gaulish origin.
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