plural dace
: a small freshwater European cyprinid fish (Leuciscus leuciscus)
: any of various small North American freshwater cyprinid fishes

Examples of dace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trickling rivulets that feed Bear Creek are also home to various salamanders, including the northern slimy, Allegheny mountain dusky, northern dusky and northern two-line varieties, Ormiston said, which like the redside dace are indicators of good water quality. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 22 Nov. 2022 Santa Ana suckers, speckled dace and arroyo chubs. Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2020 As a result, the creek has a considerable diversity of aquatic life that includes the redside dace, a colorful minnow with a red bar along its side. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 22 Nov. 2022 Red-bellied dace can be an important food in one river, while the common shiner means chow-time in another. A.j. McClane, Field & Stream, 24 Nov. 2020 The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Foskett speckled dace is one of several fish species that have seen comebacks in recent years. USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2019 Federal wildlife officials have proposed removing federal protections for the Foskett speckled dace, which is found only in Lake County. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, 3 Jan. 2018 There also have been sightings of longnose dace, a type of minnow on the state's priority list for species conservation. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, 12 May 2017 See More

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Word History


Middle English dace, darce, from Anglo-French dars, from Medieval Latin darsus

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dace was in the 15th century

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“Dace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dace. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural dace
: any of various North American freshwater fishes related to the carp

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