Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A clupeoid fish, Brevoortia tyrannus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several species of fish in the genera Brevoortia and Ethmidium, used for fish meal, fish oil, fertilizer, and bait.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun shad-like North American marine fishes used for fish meal and oil and fertilizer

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably 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).]

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From Narragansett munnawhatteaug, influenced by poghaden.

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