\ ˈdās How to pronounce dace (audio) \
plural dace

Definition of dace

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

Examples of dace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "F&S Classics: The “Ferocious” Commuter," 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, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 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, "Feds propose removing protections for rare Oregon fish listed under Endangered Species Act," 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, "Spying on suckers: Volunteers track migrations of native Great Lakes fish," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of dace

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dace

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

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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 27 Feb. 2021.

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\ ˈdās How to pronounce dace (audio) \
plural dace

Kids Definition of dace

: a small freshwater fish related to the carp

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