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n. pl. scad or scads
Any of several carangid fishes chiefly of the genus Decapterus, especially D. punctatus of the western Atlantic.
often scads A large number or amount: Scads of people are in the hall.
n, pl scad or scads
(Animals) any of various carangid fishes of the genus Trachurus, esp the horse mackerel
[C17: of uncertain origin; compare Swedish skädde flounder]
n. Usu., scads.
a great number or quantity.
[1855–60, Amer.; of obscure orig.; compare British dial. scal(d) a great quantity]
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|Noun||1.||scad - any of a number of fishes of the family Carangidae|
Carangidae, family Carangidae - large family of narrow-bodied marine food fishes with widely forked tails; chiefly of warm seas
jack mackerel, Trachurus symmetricus, saurel, horse mackerel, Spanish mackerel - a California food fish
saurel, Trachurus trachurus, horse mackerel - large elongated compressed food fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe
bigeye scad, big-eyed scad, goggle-eye, Selar crumenophthalmus - of Atlantic coastal waters; commonly used for bait