• WordNet 3.6
    • n shad herring-like food fishes that migrate from the sea to fresh water to spawn
    • n shad bony flesh of herring-like fish usually caught during their migration to fresh water for spawning; especially of Atlantic coast
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. sing. & pl Shad shăd (Zoöl) Any one of several species of food fishes of the Herring family. The American species (Alosa sapidissima formerly Clupea sapidissima), which is abundant on the Atlantic coast and ascends the larger rivers in spring to spawn, is an important market fish. The European allice shad, or alose (Alosa alosa formerly Clupea alosa), and the twaite shad (Alosa finta formerly Clupea finta), are less important species.☞ The name is loosely applied, also, to several other fishes, as the gizzard shad (see under Gizzard), called also mud shad white-eyed shad, and winter shad.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shad A clupeoid fish of the genus Alosa, in which there are no palatal teeth and the cheeks are deeper than they are long. The common shad of America, A. sapidissima, is one of the most important food-fishes along the Atlantic coast of the United States, and has lately been introduced on the Pacific coast. It is anadromous, ascending rivers to spawn. It is usually from 18 to 28 inches long, of stout compressed form, the body being comparatively deep. The color is silvery, becoming bluish on the back, with a dark spot behind the opercle, and sometimes several others along the line dividing the color of the back from the white of the sides. The mouth is large, the fins are comparatively small, and the dorsal is much nearer to the snout than to the base of the caudal fin. The shad is taken with the seine, and is highly esteemed for its excellent flavor. The British shad are of two species: the allice-shad, A. vulgaris, and the twaite, A. finta. The Chinese shad is A. reevesi.
    • n shad In the Ohio valley, a clupeoid, Pomolobus chrysochloris, with persistent and well-developed teeth in the premaxillaries and front of the lower jaw.
    • n shad With a qualifying word, one of several other fishes. See gizzard-shad, and phrases below.
    • n shad A Middle English past participle of shed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shad shad a fish of the herring kind, but having the upper jaw deeply notched, and ascending rivers to spawn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. sceadda, a kind of fish, akin to Prov. G. schade,; cf. Ir. & Gael. sgadan, a herring, W. ysgadan, herrings; all perhaps akin to E. skate, a fish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceadda.


In literature:

And I wanted too to know something this morning about shad.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, April 1844" by Various
Here are some silvery shad from the Penobscot, or Kennebec, or Merrimac, or Connecticut.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
On the 18th of March, 1861, he married again, Mrs. Eliza Julia Shad, of Chatham, Canada.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
A tall man, lank as a shad, was master of ceremonies.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
The beautiful white shad, now so highly prized in our markets, were then a drug.
"Plantation Sketches" by Margaret Devereux
They have the sheep's head, shad, and one or two others, which we have not.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
They were young shad.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
The following articles are permissible: Broiled chicken, shad, bass.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Freshmen might argue but even the Tennessee Shad wasted no time in producing the coin.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
The president inquired how much he paid for the shad.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing

In poetry:

NEAR GLARIS, on a mountain's side,
Beneath a shad'wy wood,
With walls of ivy compass'd round,
An ancient Castle stood.
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
Along the gray abutment's wall
The idle shad-net dries;
The toll-man in his cobbler's stall
Sits smoking with closed eyes.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But we mustered out, some to beer and gruel
And some to sherry and shad,
And I went back to the Sawbones School,
Where I still was an undergrad.
"Rags" by Edmund Vance Cooke
"everything is good"
in the land of shad trees
"Everything is God"
"the universe is one"
walking in the long grass lands with flowers
within reach of quiet hands
"the suburban prophets" by D A Levy
I follow'd thee, along the dale
And up the woodland's shad'wy way:
I heard thee tell thy mournful tale
As slowly sunk the star of day:
Nor, when its twinkling light had flown,
Wert thou a wand'rer, all alone.
"All Alone" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

But Tebow wanted to play for the Jets, and new Jacksonville owner Shad Khan didn't want his organization to trade for a player who'd rather be elsewhere.
And that's certainly what correspondent Byron Pitts had this week in his profile of Shad Khan, the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Former Newton Falls resident Gene L " Shad " Sutcliffe, 74, of.
Shad , a Bangladeshi delicacy.
Disks by Shad logged in KDHX's playlists.
Four ladders on the Schuylkill have opened, although not always to the shads ' liking.).
Shad Are Angling To Once Again Be The Tasty Harbinger Of Spring.
A Simple Shad Recipe For Oven Or Grill.
Posts With Keyword 'gizzzard shad .
Applications for those interested in competing for the Shad Derby Queen crown will be going out to the schools on Oct 17.
Maurice Jones-Drew unhappy with Shad Khan's message.
A good relationship between Maurice Jones-Drew (pictured) and Jaguars owner Shad Khan.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan appeared live on CBS47 Monday night in the Action Sports studio for an appearance on Jaguars All Access.
The population of American shad rebounded in the 1990s but is again on the wane.
Shad beats Drake for Canadian Grammy.

In science:

The pion beam width has sHAD = 6.4 mm, considerably larger than the corresponding electromagnetic one (sEM = 1.7 mm, see Fig. 11), as expected.
Performance Studies of Prototype II for the CASTOR forward Calorimeter at the CMS Experiment
The upper curve in both plots is for η/sqgp = 0.08 and η/shad = 0.75.
Hydrodynamic Description of Dilepton Production
The first four curves show the ideal and viscous (η/sqgp = 0.08, η/shad = 0.75) using both the chiral reduction formula (χRF) and collisional broadening (CB) with the parameter set described in fig. 5.3.
Hydrodynamic Description of Dilepton Production
Figure 1: Relative half uncertainty in the total inclusive t¯t cross-section as a function of the centre-of-mass energy √Shad of a proton-proton collider.
Top-pair production at hadron colliders with next-to-next-to-leading logarithmic soft-gluon resummation
Left plot: whole energy range up to √Shad = 50 TeV.
Top-pair production at hadron colliders with next-to-next-to-leading logarithmic soft-gluon resummation