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shoal1 / shōl/ • n. a large number of fish swimming together: a shoal of bream. Compare with school2 . ∎ inf. a large number of people: a rock star's entrance, first proceeding with his shoal of attendants. • v. [intr.] (of fish) form shoals. shoal2 • n. an area of shallow water, esp. as a navigational hazard. ∎  a submerged sandbank visible at low water. ∎  (usu. shoals) fig. a hidden danger or difficulty: he alone could safely guide them through Hollywood's treacherous shoals. • v. [intr.] (of water) become shallower. • adj. (of water) shallow. DERIVATIVES: shoal·y adj.

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Shoal

a great number; a crowd; a throng: especially of fish.

Examples : shoal of bass; of boats, 1839; of crows, 1759; of eagles, 1801; of fish, 1579; of frogs, 1692; of goslings, 1584; of herrings, 1774; of martyrs, 1610; of minnows; of miracles, 1639; of novelties, 1900; of injured people, 1901; of perch; of pilchards; of quails, 1659; of seals, 1835; of shepherds, 1579; of sticklebacks; of texts, 1688; of troubles; of whales, 1836; of small troubles, 1858; shoals of actors and actresses, 1749; of letters; of people, 1881; of Scotsmen, 1791.

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shoal1 shallow. XVI. alt. of late ME. scho(o)ld, Sc. schald (XIV), repr. OE. sċ(e)ald (only in local names) :- *skaldaz, rel. to SHALLOW.
Hence shoal sb. shallow place, sandbank XVI; succeeding to late ME. schald, sholde, earlier shelde.

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shoal A mound or other structure raised above the sea bed in shallow water that is composed of, or covered by, unconsolidated material and may be exposed at low water.

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shoal2 large number of fish, etc., swimming together. late XVI. prob. — MLG., MDu. schōle (adopted earlier as SCHOOL2).

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shoalbarcarole, bole, bowl, cajole, coal, Cole, condole, console, control, dhole, dole, droll, enrol (US enroll), extol, foal, goal, hole, Joel, knoll, kohl, mol, mole, Nicole, parol, parole, patrol, pole, poll, prole, rôle, roll, scroll, Seoul, shoal, skoal, sole, soul, stole, stroll, thole, Tirol, toad-in-the-hole, toll, troll, vole, whole •Creole •carriole, dariole •cabriole • capriole •aureole, gloriole, oriole •wassail-bowl • fishbowl • dustbowl •punchbowl • rocambole • farandole •girandole • manhole • rathole •armhole • arsehole • hellhole •keyhole, kneehole •peephole •sinkhole • pinhole • cubbyhole •hidey-hole • pigeonhole •eyehole, spyhole •foxhole •knothole, pothole •borehole, Warhol •porthole • soundhole • blowhole •stokehole • bolthole • loophole •lughole, plughole •chuckhole • buttonhole • bunghole •earhole • waterhole • wormhole •charcoal • caracole • Seminole •pinole

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