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Dictionary Definition

dace n : small European freshwater fish with a slender bluish-green body [syn: Leuciscus leuciscus]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old French dars, nominative form of dart ‘dace’. For a similar loss of R compare bass.



  1. The shoal-forming fish Leuciscus leuciscus common in fast-flowing rivers in England and Wales.
    • 1949: George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, p28
      Somewhere near at hand, though out of sight, there was a clear, slow-moving stream where dace were swimming in the pools under the willow trees.
  2. Any of various related small fish of the family Cyprinidae that live in freshwater and are native to North America.





  1. Plural of dacă

Extensive Definition

A dace is any of a number of species of small cyprinid fish.
The unmodified name is usually a reference to the common dace (Leuciscus leuciscus) but it may also be used to refer to:-
"Dace" also appears in combination to designate a variety of species:

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