One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A herring-like fish that spends much of its life in the sea, typically entering rivers to spawn. It is an important food fish in many regions.
- ‘Trouble began in the spring of 1816 when Judge Cooper built a weir, a fish trap, across the St. Jones River to catch migrating shad and herring.’
- ‘Eel, catfish, carp, shad, herring, sturgeon and striped bass have all been fished commercially in the Hudson, and all have been found contaminated with PCBs at unsafe levels.’
- ‘As a member of the herring family, shad, along with salmon and striped bass, are anadromous, meaning they live in the ocean but swim inland and spawn in fresh water.’
- ‘Since shad and herring do not make nests and there was no clear, deep channel to concentrate them, fish tended to move around even more frantically.’
- ‘A simple example of such behavior was the exchange of pickled fish (herring, shad, mackerel) for the salt cod preferred by slaves in most colonies.’
Old English sceadd, of unknown origin.
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