noun, plural (especially collectively) shad, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) shads.
Origin of shad
Examples from the Web for shad
Contemporary Examples of shad
Shad roe is such a fleeting seasonal delicacy, so rich and full of flavor.Fresh Picks
February 10, 2011
Historical Examples of shad
Captain Shad, after informing them that he would be aboard in a jiffy, drove on to the barn.
As for Captain Shad, he could only stare, struck speechless by his visitor's audacity.
It did seem to Captain Shad, however, that his partner had something on his mind.
Captain Shad's remarks when he first saw that sign may be worth quoting.
Captain Shad's epistle was more worldly but not more coherent.
noun plural shad or shads
Word Origin for shad
Old English sceadd "shad," important food fish in the Atlantic, possibly from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian dialectal skadd "small whitefish"); but cf. Welsh ysgadan (plural), Irish and Gaelic sgadan "herring." OED says Low German schade may be from English.
Its importance suggested by its use in forming the common names of U.S. East Coast plants and wildlife whose active period coincides with the running of the shad up rivers, e.g. shad-bird, shad-bush, shad-flower, shad-fly, shad-frog. From the shape of the fish comes shad-bellied, 1832 in reference to persons, "having little abdominal protuberance;" of coats (1842) "sloping apart in front, cut away," especially in reference to the characteristic garb of male Quakers.