Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, which also includes carps and minnows.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The shoal-forming fish Leuciscus leuciscus common in fast-flowing rivers in England and Wales.
  • n. Any of various related small fish of the family Cyprinidae that live in freshwater and are native to North America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small European cyprinoid fish (Leuciscus leuciscus, formerly Squalius leuciscus or Leuciscus vulgaris); -- called also dare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small fresh-water cyprinoid fish of Europe, Leuciscus vulgaris or Squalius leuciscus, resembling and closely related to the roach and chub.
  • n. A name of sundry similar or related fishes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small European freshwater fish with a slender bluish-green body

Etymologies

Middle English dace, darce, from Old French dars, from Late Latin darsus, possibly of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French dars, nominative form of dart ("dace"). For a similar loss of R compare bass. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Besides cutthroat trout, the one other species of fish that is native to Yellowstone Lake and the Yellowstone River drainage above the two large falls in Yellowstone National Park is the longnose dace, which is rare.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • The dace is another fish which gives sport to the fly-fisherman.

    Amateur Fish Culture

  • • I wasn't going to mussel in on the fish puns Letters, 19 January, but having salmoned up the courage I thought I'd throw the dace and see what happened.

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  • Other success stories include the river Nar in Norfolk, which now yields sea trout as well as dace, chub and brown trout, while birdwatchers can enjoy kingfisher and reed warblers as well as admiring 12 species of dragonfly and marsh orchids.

    Rivers the healthiest in a generation due to stricter pollution controls

  • All submitted answers are subject to the rules set forth in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. from cooner wrote 25 weeks 23 hours ago crickets, grasshoppers, hellgramites, and where legal small bait fish like dace work great

    What are good baits for brook trouts besides worms?

  • All Answers from cooner wrote 25 weeks 23 hours ago crickets, grasshoppers, hellgramites, and where legal small bait fish like dace work great

    What are good baits for brook trouts besides worms?

  • The agency boosted fish populations with more than half a million farmed fish, including roach, barbell, tench, dace and chub.

    Freshwater wildlife thrives in cleanest rivers since Industrial Revolution

  • I really expected a little Korean guy to come walking out of the liquor store in the video and say, I hire you to sweep sidewalk, not dace around like showgirl!

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  • He then caught some blacknose dace minnows and put them in the glass containers.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • Two days later, on a thinly overcast day, after they'd had a big lunch of thick rabbit stew with turnips and onions along with bread Cara had made, Richard went off to check the fishing lines and to catch some more of the blacknose dace minnows.

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