\ ˈshad How to pronounce shad (audio) \
plural shad

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

Examples of shad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For months, schools of halalu, an indigenous shad, swarmed Oahu’s usually tourist-dense Ala Moana and Kaimana Beaches like dark underwater clouds, and fishers followed. Martha Cheng, Outside Online, 6 Mar. 2021 Fishing-For-Fun taking place at Windsor Historical Society WINDSOR – The shad will return to the Windsor Historical Society, 96 Palisado Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Hartford Courant, 5 May 2022 For more outdoors stories: From Pickwick, Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks reports bass are generally headed to the shallows and to the surface to chase schooling shad. Frank Sargeant, al, 29 Oct. 2021 Fox News previously reported that Timmy Woods of Kite Georgia reeled in a 2 lb, 10 oz hickory shad. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 23 Mar. 2022 This new fish breaks the previous state record for hickory shad, which was caught in the same river just over a year ago. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 23 Mar. 2022 Crappie fishing remains slow, catfishing good for those drifting cut shad or skipjack around the bluff walls. Frank Sargeant, al, 10 Sep. 2021 At Logan Martin Lake, guide David Hare has been loading up his clients with big stripers, mostly drifting live shad at 65 feet and more. Frank Sargeant, al, 6 Aug. 2021 Best bait is a live shad or sucker, though they can sometimes be caught on large swimbaits and jerkbaits. Frank Sargeant, al, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shad

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shad

Middle English *shad, from Old English sceadd

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19 May 2022

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“Shad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈshad How to pronounce shad (audio) \
plural shad

Kids Definition of shad

: a silvery ocean fish that swims up rivers to lay or fertilize eggs and is often used for food

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