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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
menhaden \men*ha"den\, n. (Zool.) 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. [1913 Webster]