Definition of menhaden in English:


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


  • 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
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    • 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.


late 18th century: from Algonquian.

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