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

1595–1605; origin uncertain Unabridged
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scad (skæd)
n , pl scad, scads
any of various carangid fishes of the genus Trachurus, esp the horse mackerel
[C17: of uncertain origin; compare Swedish skädde flounder]

scads (skædz)
pl n
informal a large amount or number
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

"large amounts," 1869, Amer.Eng., earlier "dollar" (1858, usually in plural), of uncertain origin. Unknown connection to scad (c.1600), a Cornish name for a type of fish abundant on the British coast, which probably is a variant of shad (q.v.).
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There are scads of ideas and not enough resources to try them all.
It's the scads of fixed-gear, town, single-speed and other urban bicycles that are drawing the crowds.
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