noun (plural same or shads)
A herring-like fish that spends much of its life in the sea, typically entering rivers to spawn. It is an important food fish in many regions.
More example sentences
- Eel, catfish, carp, shad, herring, sturgeon and striped bass have all been fished commercially in the Hudson, and all have been found contaminated with PCBs at unsafe levels.
- A simple example of such behavior was the exchange of pickled fish (herring, shad, mackerel) for the salt cod preferred by slaves in most colonies.
- As a member of the herring family, shad, along with salmon and striped bass, are anadromous, meaning they live in the ocean but swim inland and spawn in fresh water.
Old English sceadd, of unknown origin.
More definitions of shadDefinition of shad in:
- The US English dictionary