noun, plural (especially collectively) shad, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) shads.
- shackleton, sir ernest henry,
- shad fly,
Origin of shad
Examples from the Web for shad
Shad roe is such a fleeting seasonal delicacy, so rich and full of flavor.
Shad was conscious of a new sense of freedom and power taking possession of him.
Shad felt truly grateful to the two bronzed trappers as he shook their hands and said adieu to them.
Perhaps he was just a coward like Jacobi or a beaten bully like Shad.The Vagrant Duke|George Gibbs
Shad regretfully shook the hands of the old Indian and his wife.
Shad are good in their way, but they do not run up the Pamunkey all the year.Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee|(His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
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.