menhaden

[ men-heyd-n ]
/ mɛnˈheɪd n /

noun, plural men·ha·den.

any marine clupeid fish of the genus Brevoortia, especially B. tyrannus, resembling a shad but with a more compressed body, common along the eastern coast of the U.S., and used for making oil and fertilizer.

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Origin of menhaden

First recorded in 1635–45, Americanism; perhaps from Narragansett (English spelling) munnawhatteaûg, influenced by English dialect poghaden; cf. pogy1
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British Dictionary definitions for menhaden

menhaden
/ (mɛnˈheɪdən) /

noun plural -den

a marine North American fish, Brevoortia tyrannus: source of fishmeal, fertilizer, and oil: family Clupeidae (herrings, etc)

Word Origin for menhaden

C18: from Algonquian; probably related to Narragansett munnawhatteaúg fertilizer, menhaden
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