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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Species include striped bass, fluke, blackfish, bluefish, bonito, false albacore and menhaden.
Marine sonar systems show clusters of menhaden or other bait for rockfish or other large predators lurking around the reef.
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.
Mr. Sieswerda said warming oceans had brought vast schools of menhaden — a favorite fish of humpbacks, which eat more than a Volkswagen Beetle’s weight of seafood every day — from their usual haunts off Chesapeake Bay north to the New York Bight.
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Origin and Etymology of menhaden
of Algonquian origin; akin to Narragansett munnawhatteaûg menhaden
First Known Use: 1765See Words from the same year
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Definition of menhaden for Students
: 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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