noun, plural men·ha·den.
- mengistu haile mariam,
Origin of menhaden
Examples from the Web for menhaden
By 1874 the manufacture of menhaden oil and guano had become identified as one of the important industries of this country.The Stronghold|Miriam Haynie
They are surface feeders, and swim in large schools in quest of menhaden, scup, and other small fishes.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others|James Alexander Henshall
Menhaden, in vast schools, sweep along our Atlantic Coast in their season.The Bird Study Book|Thomas Gilbert Pearson
Capt. Benjamin Ashby says that they feed on mackerel, herring, whiting, and menhaden.Tales of Fishes|Zane Grey
In 1920 a daily patrol was maintained by Navy seaplanes over the waters of Chesapeake Bay in behalf of the menhaden fishery.Meteorology|Charles Fitzhugh Talman
noun plural -den
Word Origin for menhaden
kind of herring, 1792, from Algonquian (probably Narragansett) munnawhateaug (noted from 1643), literally "they fertilize," because the abundant little fishes were used by the Indians as fertilizer.