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Graining \Grain"ing\, n. (Zo["o]l.) A small European fresh-water fish ( Leuciscus vulgaris); -- called also dobule, and dace.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

small, freshwater fish, early 15c., from Old French darz, nominative or plural of dart "dart" (see dart (n.)). So called for its movements. But another theory traces it to a Medieval Latin darsus, said to be of Gaulish origin.


n. 1 The shoal-forming fish (taxlink Leuciscus leuciscus species noshow=1) common in fast-flowing rivers in England and Wales. 2 (context US English) Any of various related small fish of the family Cyprinidae that live in freshwater and are native to North America.


n. small European freshwater fish with a slender bluish-green body [syn: Leuciscus leuciscus]


A dace is a small fish that can be one of many different species. The unmodified name is usually a reference to the common dace (Leuciscus leuciscus). This, like most fishes called "daces", belongs to the family Cyprinidae, mostly in subfamily Leuciscinae.

Daces in the Cyprinidae:

  • Common dace, Leuciscus leuciscus
  • Chinese mud carp, Cirrhinus chinensis (called "dace" in Hong Kong) or mud carp (Cirrhinus molitorella)
  • Columbia River dace, Ptychocheilus oregonensis (a pikeminnow)
  • Desert dace, Eremichthys acros (a monotypic genus)
  • European daces, genus Leuciscus
  • Fallfish, Semotilus corporalis (a creek chub called "dace" in Canada)
  • Horned dace, Semotilus atromaculatus (a creek chub)
  • Japanese dace Tribolodon hakonensis, genus Tribolodon
  • Korean splendid dace, Coreoleuciscus splendidus (a monotypic genus)
  • Lake Candidus dace, Candidia barbatus (a monotypic genus)
  • Mexican daces, genus Evarra
  • Moapa dace, Moapa coriacea (a monotypic genus)
  • Northwest dace, Mylocheilus caurinus (a peamouth)
  • Pearl dace, Margariscus margarita (a monotypic genus)
  • Ponto-Caspian daces, genus Petroleuciscus
  • Redbelly daces, genus Phoxinus
  • Redside daces, genus Clinostomus, e.g.
    • Redside daceClinostomus elongatus
    • Rosyside dace Clinostomus funduloides
  • Relict dace, Relictus solitarius (a monotypic genus)
  • Riffle daces, genus Rhinichthys (including Tiaroga)
  • Saskatchewan dace, Platygobio gracilis (a flathead chub)
  • Shining dace, Semotilus corporalis (a creek chub)
  • Spikedace, Meda fulgida (a monotypic genus)
  • Spinedaces, genus Lepidomeda

Daces not in Cyprinidae

  • Sea dace, the European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) of the Moronidae
Dace (name)

Dace is a feminine Latvian given name and may refer to:

  • Dace Melbārde (born 1971), Latvian politician
  • Dace Munča, Latvian curler
  • Dace Reinika (born 1958), Latvian politician

Usage examples of "dace".

Stepping back, Dace let the man fall and then walked to Brune, who was groaning and trying to rise.

The men carried the unconscious attacker from the tavern and Dace helped Brune to his feet.

Forin, Dace and the surviving eleven armoured warriors turned and ran back towards the ballistae.

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

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.

As we stopped at the curb cut before entering the street, LuEllen reached over and touched my hand on the steering wheel, while turning to look at Dace.

He always did catch horned dace and shiners, which he despised, and sometimes he snared a monstrous sucker a foot and a half long.

And that dropped the price of horseflesh, dog, dace and other such iron rations, so that the poorer people of Paris could at least again afford to stave off starvation.

Is there irwell a lord of the manor or a knight of the shire at strike, I wonder, that'd dip me a dace or two in cash for washing and darning his worshipful socks for him now we're run out of horsebrose and milk?

Dace and Maggie dropped into it, moaned for a few seconds, then relaxed, and watched LuEllen and me test the water.