Definition of shad
: any of several fishes (especially genus Alosa) of the herring family that differ from the typical herrings (genus Clupeus) in having a relatively deep body and in being anadromous and that include some important food fishes of Europe and North America
Recent Examples of shad from the Web
The forage base for the bass in the area includes mullet, shad, shrimp and crabs.
Catfish fair on nightcrawlers, shad and liver; black bass good (but small) on a variety of baits; bluegills good on wax worms, meal worms and crickets; all other species slow.
Bank anglers are using at least 1-ounce to keep their shad darts close to the bottom.
Stripers have gone deep for the summer and can be caught at depths of 40 feet and more on live shad, or on 1-ounce Tsunami Swim Shad swimbaits dropped to fish spotted on sonar.
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Origin and Etymology of shad
Middle English *shad, from Old English sceadd
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of shad for Students
: a silvery ocean fish that swims up rivers to lay or fertilize eggs and is often used for food
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