gizzard shad

noun
a silvery herring, Dorosoma cepedianum, of eastern and central U.S. waters, that has a gizzardlike stomach.

Origin:
1810–20, Americanism

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Gizzard shad spawn in the spring, usually over flooded terrestrial vegetation
  in shallow water.
Gizzard shad can drastically alter the phytoplankton community and subsequently
  affect game fish populations.
The renovation was not completely successful, as gizzard shad and other
  non-game fish were found the following year.
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