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Meaning of menhaden

men•ha•den

Pronunciation: (men-hād'n), [key]
— pl. -den.
  1. any marine clupeid fish of the genus Brevoortia, esp. B. tyrannus, resembling a shad but with a more compressed body, common along the eastern coast of the U.S., and used for making oil and fertilizer.
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