shad

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English[edit]

an American shad (Alosa sapidissima)
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From Old English sceadd, either from Celtic (see Irish Gaelic sgadan (herring), Welsh ysgadan) or from Scandinavian (see dialectical Norwegian skadd (small whitefish)

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shad (plural shad or shads)

  1. Any one of several species of food fishes that comprise the genus Alosa in the family Clupeidae, to which the herrings also belong; river herring.

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