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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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The BFAR said the most abundant fish species in the Davao Gulf are the Carangidae (jacks, pompanos, mackerels, runners and scads), at 32 percent, followed by Scombridae (mackerel, tuna and bonito), at 20 percent, and Clupidae (herrings, shads, sardines, hilsa ad menhadens) at 10 percent.
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.
[4.] 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.).
Genetic evidence for asymmetric hybridization between menhadens (Brevoortia spp.) from peninsular Florida.
Abstract--Evolutionary associations among the four North American species of menhadens (Brevoortia spp.) have not been thoroughly investigated.
Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, are estuarine-dependent, marine migratory members of the herring family of fishes (Ahrenholz, 1991).
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.
On a coastal basis, the migratory, estuarine-dependent Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, is probably the most abundant clupeid on the U.S.
The second group, composed of small and large Bluefish, preyed on a variety of fish species, including anchovies (15.5-33.9%), Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus; 1.3-7.2%), Butterfish (2.6-4.0%), Northern Puffer (Sphoeroides maculatus; 0-6.7%), Weakfish (2.8-25.2%), UID and other fishes (35.3-46.8%), and squids (5.0-12.1%).