<zoology> A small European cyprinoid fish (Squalius leuciscus or Leuciscus vulgaris); called also dare.

In America the name is given to several related fishes of the genera Squalius, Minnilus, etc. The black-nosed dace is Rhinichthys atronasus the horned dace is Semotilus corporalis. For red dace, see Redfin.

Alternative forms: dare, dart.

Origin: fr. F. Dard dase, dart, of German origin. Dace is for an older darce, fr. An OF. Nom. Darz. See Dart a javelin.

(01 Mar 1998)

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