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[skad] /skæd/
noun, plural (especially collectively) scad (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) scads.
any carangid fish of the genus Decapterus, inhabiting tropical and subtropical shore waters.
any of several related carangid fishes, as of the genera Trachurus or Selar.
Origin of scad1
First recorded in 1595-1605; origin uncertain


[skad] /skæd/
noun, Usually, scads
Informal. a great number or quantity:
scads of money.
Archaic. a piece of money; dollar.
1855-60, Americanism; of obscure origin; compare British dial scal(d) a great quantity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This accordingly doing, we came to the eastern side of Loudon-hill, the trysted place, shortly after the first scad of the dawn.

    Ringan Gilhaize John Galt
  • I see a man who looks as though the world had used him bad; it sets my jaded heart aglow to give him half a scad.

British Dictionary definitions for scad


noun (pl) scad, scads
any of various carangid fishes of the genus Trachurus, esp the horse mackerel
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin; compare Swedish skädde flounder
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Word Origin and History for scad

c.1600, Cornish name for a type of fish (also known as horse mackerel) abundant on the British coast; of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of shad. OED compares Welsh ysgaden "herrings," Norwegian dialectal skad, Swedish skädde "flounder."

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