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 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. [Written also {chad}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: 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}. [1913 Webster]

{Hardboaded shad}, or {Yellow-tailed shad}, the menhaden.

{Hickory shad}, or {Tailor shad}, the {mattowacca}.

{Long-boned shad}, one of several species of important food fishes of the Bermudas and the West Indies, of the genus {Gerres}.

{Shad bush} (Bot.), a name given to the North American shrubs or small trees of the rosaceous genus {Amelanchier} ({A. Canadensis}, and {A. alnifolia}) Their white racemose blossoms open in April or May, when the shad appear, and the edible berries (pomes) ripen in June or July, whence they are called Juneberries. The plant is also called {service tree}, and {Juneberry}.

{Shad frog}, an American spotted frog ({Rana halecina}); -- so called because it usually appears at the time when the shad begin to run in the rivers.

{Trout shad}, the squeteague.

{White shad}, the common shad. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Juneberry — June ber ry, n. (Bot.) (a) The small applelike berry of American trees of genus {Amelanchier}; also called {service berry}. (b) The shrub or tree which bears this fruit; also called {shad bush}, and {shad tree}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Juneberry — ☆ Juneberry [jo͞on′ber΄ē ] n. pl. Juneberries 1. any of a genus (Amelanchier) of trees and shrubs of the rose family, with white flowers, small, purple black fruits, and simple leaves 2. the fruit …   English World dictionary

  • Juneberry — noun any of various North American trees or shrubs having showy white flowers and edible blue black or purplish fruit • Syn: ↑serviceberry, ↑service tree, ↑shadbush, ↑shadblow • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • …   Useful english dictionary

  • juneberry — n. tree or shrub of the rose family native to North American which bears apple like berries; edible apple like berry of the juneberry …   English contemporary dictionary

  • juneberry — noun (plural juneberries) 1》 a North American shrub of the rose family. [Genus Amelanchier: many species.] 2》 the edible berry of the juneberry shrub …   English new terms dictionary

  • juneberry — alksnialapė medlieva statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių šeimos vaisinis, vaistinis augalas (Amelanchier alnifolia), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Amelanchier alnifolia; Amelanchier florida; Aronia alnifolia angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • juneberry — noun edible purple or red berries • Syn: ↑saskatoon, ↑serviceberry, ↑shadberry • Hypernyms: ↑berry • Part Holonyms: ↑Juneberry, ↑serviceberry, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Juneberry — noun Date: circa 1810 serviceberry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Juneberry — /joohn ber ee, beuh ree/, n., pl. Juneberries. the American serviceberry, Amelanchier canadensis. [1800 10, Amer.; JUNE + BERRY] * * * …   Universalium

  • Juneberry — noun Any of several North American trees of the genus Amelanchier, having white flowers and edible, purplish fruit; or the fruit of such a tree Syn: shadbush, serviceberry …   Wiktionary

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