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dace

[deys] /deɪs/
noun, plural (especially collectively) dace (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) daces.
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English darce, darse < Old French dars < Late Latin darsus
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Examples for dace
  • Pearl dace mature more slowly than minnows and can outlive them by several years.
British Dictionary definitions for dace

dace

/deɪs/
noun (pl) dace, daces
1.
a European freshwater cyprinid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus, with a slender bluish-green body
2.
any of various similar fishes
Word Origin
C15: from Old French darsdart, probably referring to its swiftness
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Word Origin and History for dace
dace
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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