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Meaning of ALEWIFE

Pronunciation:  'eyl`wIf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  shad-like food fish that runs rivers to spawn; often salted or smoked; sometimes placed in genus Pomolobus
  2. [n]  flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams

ALEWIFE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: Alosa pseudoharengus, Pomolobus pseudoharengus
 See Also: alewife, alewife, Alosa, Alosa pseudoharengus, clupeid, clupeid fish, fish, genus Alosa, Pomolobus pseudoharengus



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ale"wife`\, n.; pl. {Alewives}.
    A woman who keeps an alehouse. --Gay.
  2. \Ale"wife`\, n.; pl. {Alewives}. [This word is properly
    aloof, the Indian name of a fish. See Winthrop on the culture
    of maize in America, ``Phil Trans.'' No. 142, p. 1065, and
    Baddam's ``Memoirs,'' vol. ii. p. 131.] (Zo["o]l.)
    A North American fish ({Clupea vernalis}) of the Herring
    family. It is called also {ellwife}, {ellwhop}, {branch
    herring}. The name is locally applied to other related