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(Science: 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.

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