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
- 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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