noun, plural (especially collectively) dace, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) dac·es.
  1. a small, freshwater cyprinoid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus, of Europe, having a stout, fusiform body.
  2. 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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noun plural dace or daces
  1. a European freshwater cyprinid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus, with a slender bluish-green body
  2. any of various similar fishes

Word Origin for dace

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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