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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Draft Amendment 3 seeks to manage the resource in a way that balances menhadens ecological role as a prey species with the needs of all user groups.
Ahrenholz DW (1991) Population biology and life history of the North American menhadens, Brevoortia spp.
Morphological and genetic investigations of two western Gulf of Mexico menhadens (Brevoortia spp.
Among particular trades ravaged by the spill are those who commercially fish or act as fish spotters for Gulf menhadens, fish that play an extremely important role in the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico and the fishing industry, shrimpers, crabbers and seafood wholesalers and retailers.
The control region sequences for the three individuals unambiguously clustered with the "ubiquitous large-scaled" menhadens in an unweighted pair group method with arithmetic mean (UPGMA) tree with these sequences, indicating that the field identifications were correct and that the result was likely attributable to incomplete lineage sorting at the COI locus.
Abstract--Evolutionary associations among the four North American species of menhadens (Brevoortia spp.
Infection with environmental mycobacteria is increasing among many Chesapeake Bay fish species, Prevalence in juvenile Atlantic menhaden differed between tributaries and ranged from 2% to 57%.
Abstract--Abundances of Gulf menhaden (Brevoortia patronus) in the northern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) are heavily influenced by physical and biological processes that affect refuge and food availability.
Atlantic menhaden form large, nearshore surface schools from spring through December, and are the targets of a large, industrial purse-seine fishery for fish meal, fish oil, and fish solubles (Smith, 1991).