from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several species of fish of the genus Brevoortia, especially B. tyrannus of American Atlantic and Gulf waters, used as a source of fish oil, fertilizer, and bait. Also called mossbunker, pogy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several species of fish in the genera Brevoortia and Ethmidium, used for fish meal, fish oil, fertilizer, and bait.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An American marine fish (Brevoortia tyrannus) of the Herring family (Clupeidae), chiefly valuable for its oil and as a component of fertilizers; -- called also mossbunker, bony fish, chebog, pogy, hardhead, whitefish, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A clupeoid fish, Brevoortia tyrannus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. shad-like North American marine fishes used for fish meal and oil and fertilizer
Probably blend of Narragansett munnawhatteaûg, a herring-like fish; akin to munnohquohteau, he enriches the land (from its use as a fertilizer) and English dialectal poghaden (probably of Algonquian origin).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Narragansett munnawhatteaug, influenced by poghaden. (Wiktionary)