menhaden

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web Connecticut and New York state officials were also investigating scores of dead menhaden in their waters last month. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, "Dead fish washing up along beaches in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York," 27 Jan. 2021 Reasons for the uptick may include an improvement in local water quality, & an abundance of food sources like Atlantic menhaden. CBS News, "Stunning images show humpback whale swimming close to the Statue of Liberty," 10 Dec. 2020 Reasons for the uptick may include an improvement in local water quality, & an abundance of food sources like Atlantic menhaden. CBS News, "Stunning images show humpback whale swimming close to the Statue of Liberty," 10 Dec. 2020 Unlike Texas, Louisiana sets no catch limit for menhaden. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "The big business of catching tiny fish won't be restricted in coastal waters, Louisiana leaders decide," 6 Nov. 2020 Reasons for the uptick may include an improvement in local water quality, & an abundance of food sources like Atlantic menhaden. CBS News, "Stunning images show humpback whale swimming close to the Statue of Liberty," 10 Dec. 2020 Reasons for the uptick may include an improvement in local water quality, & an abundance of food sources like Atlantic menhaden. CBS News, "Stunning images show humpback whale swimming close to the Statue of Liberty," 10 Dec. 2020 Reasons for the uptick may include an improvement in local water quality, & an abundance of food sources like Atlantic menhaden. CBS News, "Stunning images show humpback whale swimming close to the Statue of Liberty," 10 Dec. 2020 Commercial whaling has been banned in the U.S. since the 1970s, and regulators restrict the number of menhaden that fishermen can harvest to protect the prey for whales and other predators. Kate King, WSJ, "Whale Watching in New York Grows More Common," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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8 Feb 2021

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“Menhaden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/menhaden. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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menhaden

noun
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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