scad

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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 scad

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First recorded in 1595–1605; origin uncertain

Definition for scad (2 of 2)

scad

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[ skad ]
/ skæd /

noun Usually scads.

Informal. a great number or quantity: scads of money.
Archaic. a piece of money; dollar.

Origin of scad

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1855–60, Americanism; of obscure origin; compare British dial scal(d) a great quantity
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British Dictionary definitions for scad

scad

/ (skæd) /

noun plural scad or scads

any of various carangid fishes of the genus Trachurus, esp the horse mackerel

Word Origin for scad

C17: of uncertain origin; compare Swedish skädde flounder
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Word Origin and History for scad

scad


n.

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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