nounpl. -·den or -·dens
any of a genus (Brevoortia) of clupeid fishes of the W Atlantic, used for bait or for making oil and fertilizer
Origin of menhadenfrom Amerindian (Algonquian) name: origin, originally sense probably “fertilizer”
nounpl. menhaden, or men·ha·dens
Any of several fishes of the genus Brevoortia, especially B. tyrannus of North American Atlantic waters, used as a source of fish oil, fishmeal, fertilizer, and bait. Also called pogy .
Origin of menhadenProbably blend of Narragansett munnawhatteaûg a herring-like fish ( akin to munnohquohteau he enriches the land ) ( from its use as a fertilizer )American English dialectal (New England) poghaden menhaden ( probably of Algonquian origin )
(plural menhaden or menhadens)