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n. pl. menhaden or men·ha·dens
Any of several fishes of the genus Brevoortia, especially B. tyrannus of North American Atlantic waters, used as a source of fish oil, fishmeal, fertilizer, and bait. Also called pogy.

[Probably blend of Narragansett munnawhatteaûg, a herring-like fish (akin to munnohquohteau, he enriches the land, from its use as a fertilizer) and American English dialectal (New England) poghaden, menhaden (probably of Algonquian origin).]


n, pl -den
(Animals) a marine North American fish, Brevoortia tyrannus: source of fishmeal, fertilizer, and oil: family Clupeidae (herrings, etc)
[C18: from Algonquian; probably related to Narragansett munnawhatteaúg fertilizer, menhaden]


(mɛnˈheɪd n)

n., pl. -den.
a herringlike W Atlantic fish, Brevoortia tyrannus: important as a source of oil and fertilizer.
[1785–95, Amer.; perhaps < Narragansett (E sp.) munnawhatteaûg]
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Noun1.menhaden - shad-like North American marine fishes used for fish meal and oil and fertilizermenhaden - shad-like North American marine fishes used for fish meal and oil and fertilizer
clupeid, clupeid fish - any of numerous soft-finned schooling food fishes of shallow waters of northern seas
menhaden oil - a fatty oil obtained from the menhaden fish and used in paint and ink and in treating leather
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