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shad, fish of the genus Alosa, family Clupeidae (herring family), found in North America, Europe, and the Mediterranean. The American shad, A. sapidissima, is one of the largest (6 lb/2.7 kg average) of the herrings and has delicious but bony flesh; its roe is valued as a delicacy. It is found along the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to Florida and successfully introduced on the Pacific coast.Shad ascend rivers to spawn in the spring. Water pollution and overfishing have cut down their numbers. Named for its muscular gizzardlike stomach, the American gizzard shad, Dorosoma cepedianum, is a swift, silvery fish, 1 ft (30 cm) long, found along the Atlantic coast from New Jersey to Texas and up the Mississippi to the Great Lakes. Shads and gizzard shads are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Clupeiformes, family Clupeidae.

See J. McPhee, The Founding Fish (2002).

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shad / shad/ • n. (pl. same or shads) a fish (genera Alosa and Caspialosa) of the herring family that spends much of its life in the sea, typically entering rivers to spawn. It is an important food fish in many regions.

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shad Saltwater food fish of the herring family that swims upriver to spawn. Shads are prized for their roe. Deep-bodied, they have a notch in the upper jaw for the tip of the lower jaw. Length: to 75cm (30in). Family Clupeidae.

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shad Oily fish, Alosa spp. (American shad is A. sapidissima) related to herring, that spawn in fresh water. The roe is especially prized.

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shad fish of the genus Alosa. Late OE. sċeadd, of unkn. orig.

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shad See CLUPEIDAE.

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