Definition of allis shad in English:

allis shad

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Pronunciation: /ˈalɪs


  • A European shad (fish) with a deep blue back and silvery sides. Also called king of the herrings.
    • Alosa alosa, family Clupeidae
    More 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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