Definition of shad in English:

shad

Syllabification: shad
Pronunciation: /SHad
 
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noun (plural same or shads)

  • A herringlike fish that spends much of its life in the sea, typically entering rivers to spawn. It is an important food fish in many regions.
    • Genera Alosa and Caspialosa, family Clupeidae: several species. See twaite shad
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    • 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.

Origin

Old English sceadd, of unknown origin.

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