pl. -·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 menhaden; from 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) and American English dialectal (New England) poghaden, menhaden (probably of Algonquian origin).
(plural menhaden or menhadens)