shad

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

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shad (plural shad or shads)

  1. Any one of several species of food fishes that make up the genus Alosa in the family Clupeidae, to which the herrings also belong; river herring.
    • 2003, Edith Grossman, translator, Gabriel García Márquez, Living to Tell the Tale, Chapter 1
      Each river had its village and its iron bridge that the train crossed with a blast of its whistle, and the girls bathing in the icy water leaped like shad as it passed, unsettling travelers with their fleeting breasts.

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