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, and had a fall. [1913 Webster]

3. Death; destruction; overthrow; ruin. [1913 Webster]

They thy fall conspire. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. --Prov. xvi. 18. [1913 Webster]

4. Downfall; degradation; loss of greatness or office; termination of greatness, power, or dominion; ruin; overthrow; as, the fall of the Roman empire. [1913 Webster]

Beholds thee glorious only in thy fall. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. The surrender of a besieged fortress or town; as, the fall of Sebastopol. [1913 Webster]

6. Diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation; as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents. [1913 Webster]

7. A sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at the close of a sentence. [1913 Webster]

8. Declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope. [1913 Webster]

9. Descent of water; a cascade; a cataract; a rush of water down a precipice or steep; -- usually in the plural, sometimes in the singular; as, the falls of Niagara. [1913 Webster]

10. The discharge of a river or current of water into the ocean, or into a lake or pond; as, the fall of the Po into the Gulf of Venice. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

11. Extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as, the water of a stream has a fall of five feet. [1913 Webster]

12. The season when leaves fall from trees; autumn. [1913 Webster]

What crowds of patients the town doctor kills, Or how, last fall, he raised the weekly bills. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

13. That which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy fall of snow. [1913 Webster]

14. The act of felling or cutting down. ``The fall of timber.'' --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

15. Lapse or declension from innocence or goodness. Specifically: The first apostasy; the act of our first parents in eating the forbidden fruit; also, the apostasy of the rebellious angels. [1913 Webster]

16. Formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling band; a faule. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

17. That part (as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting. [1913 Webster]

{Fall herring} (Zo["o]l.), a herring of the Atlantic ({Clupea mediocris}); -- also called {tailor herring}, and {hickory shad}.

{To try a fall}, to try a bout at wrestling. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • Hickory Shad — ( Alosa mediocris ) is migratory clupeid native to the Atlantic Coast of the eastern United States.Distribution, habitat, and life history Hickory shad range from Florida to Maine, with largest populations occurring in Chesapeake Bay and coastal… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — 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.… …   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 — 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

  • Shad bush — 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

  • Shad frog — 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

  • 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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