from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several carangid fishes of the genus Decapterus, especially D. punctatus of the western Atlantic.
  • n. Informal A large number or amount. Often used in the plural: Scads of people are in the hall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of several fish, of the family Carangidae, from the western Atlantic
  • n. a large number or quantity (usually used in the plural)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small carangoid fish (Trachurus saurus) abundant on the European coast, and less common on the American. The name is applied also to several allied species.
  • n. The goggler; -- called also big-eyed scad. See goggler.
  • n. The friar skate.
  • n. The cigar fish, or round robin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish, probably the shad.
  • n. A carangoid fish, formerly Caranx trachurus, now Trachurus saurus, also called saurel, skipjack, and horse-mackerel, of a fusiform shape, with vertical plates arming the entire lateral line from the shoulder to the caudal fin.
  • n. The ray, Raia alba.
  • n. A dialectal form of scald.

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  • n. any of a number of fishes of the family Carangidae


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.


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