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menhaden

Syllabification: men·ha·den
Pronunciation: /menˈhādn, mən-
 
/

Definition of menhaden in English:

noun

A large deep-bodied fish of the herring family that occurs along the east coast of North America. The oil-rich flesh is used to make fish meal and fertilizer.
  • Genus Brevoortia, family Clupeidae: several species, in particular B. tyrannus
Example sentences
  • These larger animals include the great schools of fish, such as tuna, menhaden, cod and mackerel, which we catch for food.
  • But menhaden are not predators like blue runners and bumper, and can't be caught on sabiki rigs.
  • Like tuna and salmon, menhaden contain high levels of omega - 3 fatty acids.

Origin

late 18th century: from Algonquian.

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