Hickory shad
Hickory Hick"o*ry, n. [North American Indian pawcohiccora (Capt. J. Smith) a kind of milk or oily liquor pressed from pounded hickory nuts. ``Pohickory'' is named in a list of Virginia trees, in 1653, and this was finally shortened to ``hickory.'' --J. H. Trumbull.] (Bot.) An American tree of the genus {Carya}, of which there are several species. The shagbark is the {Carya alba}, and has a very rough bark; it affords the hickory nut of the markets. The pignut, or brown hickory, is the {Carya glabra}. The swamp hickory is {Carya amara}, having a nut whose shell is very thin and the kernel bitter. [1913 Webster]

{Hickory shad}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The mattowacca, or fall herring. (b) The gizzard shad. [1913 Webster]


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  • Hickory shad — Shad Shad (sh[a^]d), n. sing. & pl. [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.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of food fishes of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hickory shad — Mattowacca Mat to*wac ca, n. [Indian name.] (Zo[ o]l.) An American clupeoid fish ({Clupea mediocris}), similar to the shad in habits and appearance, but smaller and less esteemed for food; called also {hickory shad}, {tailor shad}, {fall herring} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hickory shad — Fall Fall, n. 1. The act of falling; a dropping or descending be the force of gravity; descent; as, a fall from a horse, or from the yard of ship. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hickory shad — noun Etymology: so called from the similarity of the stomachs to hickory nuts 1. : fall herring 2. : gizzard shad …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hickory — Hick o*ry, n. [North American Indian pawcohiccora (Capt. J. Smith) a kind of milk or oily liquor pressed from pounded hickory nuts. Pohickory is named in a list of Virginia trees, in 1653, and this was finally shortened to hickory. J. H. Trumbull …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shad — (sh[a^]d), n. sing. & pl. [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.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of food fishes of the Herring… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • shad — /shad/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) shad, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) shads. 1. a deep bodied herring, Alosa sapidissima, of Europe and North America, that migrates up streams to spawn, used for food. 2. any other fish of the …   Universalium

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