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scad1

[skad] /skæd/
noun, plural (especially collectively) scad (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) scads.
1.
any carangid fish of the genus Decapterus, inhabiting tropical and subtropical shore waters.
2.
any of several related carangid fishes, as of the genera Trachurus or Selar.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; origin uncertain

scad2

[skad] /skæd/
noun, Usually, scads
1.
Informal. a great number or quantity:
scads of money.
2.
Archaic. a piece of money; dollar.
Origin
1855-60, Americanism; of obscure origin; compare British dial scal(d) a great quantity
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British Dictionary definitions for scad

scad

/skæd/
noun (pl) scad, scads
1.
any of various carangid fishes of the genus Trachurus, esp the horse mackerel
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin; compare Swedish skädde flounder
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Word Origin and History for scad
n.

c.1600, Cornish name for a type of fish (also known as horse mackerel) abundant on the British coast; of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of shad. OED compares Welsh ysgaden "herrings," Norwegian dialectal skad, Swedish skädde "flounder."

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Encyclopedia Article for scad

any of several species of fishes in the family Carangidae (order Perciformes), which also includes the jacks, amberjacks, and pompanos. The name scad is usually restricted to certain species in the genera Decapterus, Selar, and Trachurus. The half dozen species are marine and occur along the Atlantic coast of the Americas, except for the Mexican scad (D. scombrinus), which is found in the Pacific Ocean.

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