men·​ha·​den | \ men-ˈhā-dᵊn How to pronounce menhaden (audio) , mən-\
plural menhaden also menhadens

Definition of menhaden

: a marine fish (Brevoortia tyrannus) of the herring family abundant along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. where it is used for bait or converted into oil and fertilizer also : any of several congeneric fishes

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Those processors use the fish, particularly menhaden, to lure crabs, bring them back to their facilities and steam them. NBC News, "Trump's visa changes are clawing a famous crab town. And they voted for him.," 15 May 2018 Some kings are mixed in--live menhaden or other baitfish slow trolled are the best bet. Frank Sargeant,, "Time for post spawn bassing on Alabama lakes," 25 Apr. 2018 On Monday, state investigators estimated the kill at around 30,000, mainly Atlantic menhaden, said Jay Apperson, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment. Christina Tkacik, Washington Post, "Maryland officials investigate fish kill in Baltimore Harbor," 1 May 2018 Sheepshead are not fond of fish, so cut mullet or menhaden is not a prime choice. Frank Sargeant,, "Sheepshead time on the Alabama coast," 28 Mar. 2018 The improved health of local waters is highlighted by the now regular fall appearance of humpback whales feeding on large schools of Atlantic menhaden at the borders of New York harbor, within site of the Empire State Building. Mark Stoeckle, Smithsonian, "Scientists Can Tell What Fish Live Where Based On DNA in the Water," 13 Apr. 2017 Menhaden hearing Monday, Sept. 18: A public hearing on menhaden will be hosted by the Maryland DNR at 6 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, Cade Center for the Fine Arts, Room 219. 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Sun Staff Reports,, "Recreation and outdoors calendar (Sept. 16)," 16 Sep. 2017 Large numbers of bluefish found in the lower estuaries and rivers feeding on menhaden., "Fishing Report," 7 Sep. 2017 At plankton size, these particles are easily mistaken for food by anchovy, menhaden and other small fish. Tristan Baurick,, "Gulf of Mexico loaded with one of world's highest concentrations of plastic; here's why," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of menhaden

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for menhaden

of Algonquian origin; akin to Narragansett munnawhatteaûg menhaden

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men·​ha·​den | \ men-ˈhā-dᵊn How to pronounce menhaden (audio) \
plural menhaden

Kids Definition of menhaden

: a fish of the Atlantic coast of the United States that is related to the herring and is a source of oil and fertilizer

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