Definition of allis shad in English:

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allis shad

Pronunciation: /ˈalɪs ʃad/


A European shad (fish) with a deep blue back and silvery sides. Also called king of the herrings.
  • Alosa alosa, family Clupeidae
Example sentences
  • The three species of endangered fishes are allis shad, Killarney shad and pollan.
  • In the early 19th century, allis shad made up a third of fish catches in the Severn (Britain's longest river).
  • The current status of allis shad in Northern Ireland is unknown and requires urgent investigation.


Late 16th century: allis from Old French alose, from late Latin alausa.

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