fish meal

noun
dried fish ground for use as fertilizer, animal feed, or an ingredient in other foods.
Also, fishmeal.


Origin:
1850–55

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fish meal

coarsely ground powder made from the cooked flesh of fish. Though formerly important as a fertilizer, fish meal is now primarily used in animal feed-especially for poultry, swine, mink, farm-raised fish, and pets. Certain species of oily fish, such as menhaden, anchovy, herring, and pilchard, are the main source of fish meal and its companion product, fish oil.

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Raw materials used for fish meal production may vary depending on the byproducts produced during processing.
Fish meal and fish oil are important components in the feeds for many farm-raised species, from pigs and poultry to farmed fish.
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