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
Trollers are picking up multiple linesides with frozen shad or anchovies on a harness-rig.
Monday's fish checks found 126 anglers keeping 1,344 shad.
On most Front Range reservoirs the main food source for walleye is gizzard shad.
So far, two American shad, 80 alewife herring, 87 gizzard shad, 12 sea lamprey, 17 American eel, and 1 striped bass — all diadromous — were logged by the video camera that records everything swimming upstream at StanChem.
Stripers can be caught drifting live shad at 40 feet and more over the 100-foot-deep channels as well as around the herring schools on bluff banks.
Connecticut tarpon (hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass.
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.
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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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