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 for winter shad
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shad \Shad\ (sh[a^]d), n. sing. & pl. [AS. sceadda a kind of
     fish, akin to Prov. G. schade; cf. Ir. & Gael. sgadan a
     herring, W. ysgadan herrings; all perhaps akin to E. skate a
     fish.] (Zool.)
     Any one of several species of food fishes of the Herring
     family. The American species ({Alosa sapidissima formerly
     Clupea sapidissima), which is abundant on the Atlantic
     coast and ascends the larger rivers in spring to spawn, is an
     important market fish. The European allice shad, or alose
     ({Alosa alosa formerly Clupea alosa), and the twaite shad
     ({Alosa finta formerly Clupea finta), are less important
     species. [Written also chad.]
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     Note: The name is loosely applied, also, to several other
           fishes, as the gizzard shad (see under Gizzard),
           called also mud shad, white-eyed shad, and winter
           shad.
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     Hardboaded shad, or Yellow-tailed shad, the menhaden.
  
     Hickory shad, or Tailor shad, the mattowacca.
  
     Long-boned shad, one of several species of important food
        fishes of the Bermudas and the West Indies, of the genus
        Gerres.
  
     Shad bush (Bot.), a name given to the North American shrubs
        or small trees of the rosaceous genus Amelanchier
        ({Amelanchier Canadensis, and Amelanchier alnifolia).
        Their white racemose blossoms open in April or May, when
        the shad appear, and the edible berries (pomes) ripen in
        June or July, whence they are called Juneberries. The
        plant is also called service tree, and Juneberry.
  
     Shad+frog,+an+American+spotted+frog+({Rana+halecina">Shad frog, an American spotted frog ({Rana halecina); --
        so called because it usually appears at the time when the
        shad begin to run in the rivers.
  
     Trout shad, the squeteague.
  
     White shad, the common shad.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Winter \Win"ter\, n. [AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter,
     OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr,
     Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo-
     white (in comp.), OIr. find white. ????.]
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     1. The season of the year in which the sun shines most
        obliquely upon any region; the coldest season of the year.
        "Of thirty winter he was old." --Chaucer.
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              And after summer evermore succeeds
              Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold.
                                                    --Shak.
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              Winter lingering chills the lap of May. --Goldsmith.
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     Note: North of the equator, winter is popularly taken to
           include the months of December, January, and February
           (see Season). Astronomically, it may be considered to
           begin with the winter solstice, about December 21st,
           and to end with the vernal equinox, about March 21st.
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     2. The period of decay, old age, death, or the like.
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              Life's autumn past, I stand on winter's verge.
                                                    --Wordsworth.
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     Winter apple, an apple that keeps well in winter, or that
        does not ripen until winter.
  
     Winter barley, a kind of barley that is sown in autumn.
  
     Winter berry (Bot.), the name of several American shrubs
        ({Ilex verticillata, Ilex laevigata, etc.) of the Holly
        family, having bright red berries conspicuous in winter.
        
  
     Winter bloom. (Bot.)
        (a) A plant of the genus Azalea.
        (b) A plant of the genus Hamamelis ({Hamamelis
            Viginica); witch-hazel; -- so called from its flowers
            appearing late in autumn, while the leaves are
            falling.
  
     Winter bud (Zool.), a statoblast.
  
     Winter+cherry+(Bot.),+a+plant+({Physalis+Alkekengi">Winter cherry (Bot.), a plant ({Physalis Alkekengi) of the
        Nightshade family, which has, a red berry inclosed in the
        inflated and persistent calyx. See Alkekengi.
  
     Winter cough (Med.), a form of chronic bronchitis marked by
        a cough recurring each winter.
  
     Winter cress (Bot.), a yellow-flowered cruciferous plant
        ({Barbarea vulgaris).
  
     Winter crop, a crop which will bear the winter, or which
        may be converted into fodder during the winter.
  
     Winter duck. (Zool.)
        (a) The pintail.
        (b) The old squaw.
  
     Winter egg (Zool.), an egg produced in the autumn by many
        invertebrates, and destined to survive the winter. Such
        eggs usually differ from the summer eggs in having a
        thicker shell, and often in being enveloped in a
        protective case. They sometimes develop in a manner
        different from that of the summer eggs.
  
     Winter fallow, ground that is fallowed in winter.
  
     Winter fat. (Bot.) Same as White sage, under White.
  
     Winter fever (Med.), pneumonia. [Colloq.]
  
     Winter flounder. (Zool.) See the Note under Flounder.
  
     Winter gull (Zool.), the common European gull; -- called
        also winter mew. [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Winter itch. (Med.) See Prarie itch, under Prairie.
  
     Winter lodge, or Winter lodgment. (Bot.) Same as
        Hibernaculum.
  
     Winter mew. (Zool.) Same as Winter gull, above. [Prov.
        Eng.]
  
     Winter moth (Zool.), any one of several species of
        geometrid moths which come forth in winter, as the
        European species ({Cheimatobia brumata). These moths have
        rudimentary mouth organs, and eat no food in the imago
        state. The female of some of the species is wingless.
  
     Winter oil, oil prepared so as not to solidify in
        moderately cold weather.
  
     Winter pear, a kind of pear that keeps well in winter, or
        that does not ripen until winter.
  
     Winter quarters, the quarters of troops during the winter;
        a winter residence or station.
  
     Winter rye, a kind of rye that is sown in autumn.
  
     Winter shad (Zool.), the gizzard shad.
  
     Winter sheldrake (Zool.), the goosander. [Local, U. S.]
  
     Winter sleep (Zool.), hibernation.
  
     Winter snipe (Zool.), the dunlin.
  
     Winter solstice. (Astron.) See Solstice, 2.
  
     Winter teal (Zool.), the green-winged teal.
  
     Winter wagtail (Zool.), the gray wagtail ({Motacilla
        melanope). [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Winter wheat, wheat sown in autumn, which lives during the
        winter, and ripens in the following summer.
  
     Winter wren (Zool.), a small American wren ({Troglodytes
        hiemalis) closely resembling the common wren.
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