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n. pl. dace or dac·es
Any of various small freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, especially Leuciscus leuciscus of Eurasia.
[Middle English dase, dace, variant of darse, from Old French dars, from Vulgar Latin *darsus (compare Medieval Latin darsus), possibly of Gaulish origin.]
n, pl dace or daces
1. (Animals) a European freshwater cyprinid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus, with a slender bluish-green body
2. (Animals) any of various similar fishes
[C15: from Old French dars dart, probably referring to its swiftness]
n., pl. (esp. collectively) dace, (esp. for kinds or species) dac•es.
1. a small, stout European cyprinid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus.
2. any of several North American minnows.
[1400–50; late Middle English darce, darse < Old French dars < Late Latin darsus]