scad

scad
scad1
/skad/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) scad, (esp. 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.
[1595-1605; orig. uncert.]
scad2
/skad/, n. Usually, scads.
1. Informal. a great number or quantity: scads of money.
2. Archaic. a piece of money; dollar.
[1855-60, Amer.; of obscure orig.; cf. Brit. dial scal(d) a great quantity]

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fish
      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.

      Scad generally reach lengths of about 25–30 cm (10–12 inches). They have deeply forked tails, and some are mackerel-shaped with narrow, streamlined bodies. Scad eat other fishes and invertebrates. They are bluish or blue-gray on the top half of the body and silvery below.

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