noun, plural (especially collectively) dace (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) daces.
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.

1400–50; late Middle English darce, darse < Old French dars < Late Latin darsus

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dace (deɪs)
n , pl dace, daces
1.  a European freshwater cyprinid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus, with a slender bluish-green body
2.  any of various similar fishes
[C15: from Old French darsdart, probably referring to its swiftness]

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small, freshwater fish, early 15c., from O.Fr. darz, nom. or pl. of dart "dart" (see dart). So called for its movements.
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Pearl dace mature more slowly than minnows and can outlive them by several years.
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