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Alewife definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

A'LEWIFE, or A'LOOF, n.
An American fish, belonging to the genus Clupea, and called Clupea Serrata. it resembles the herring. The established pronunciation is alewife, plu alewives.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams
2: shad-like food fish that runs rivers to spawn; often salted or smoked; sometimes placed in genus Pomolobus [syn: alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus, Pomolobus pseudoharengus]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 15th century a woman who keeps an alehouse II. noun (plural alewives) Etymology: perhaps alteration of obsolete allowes, a kind of shad, from French alose shad, from Old French, from Late Latin alausa Date: 1633 a food fish (Alosa pseudoharengus) of the herring family that is very abundant along the Atlantic coast; also any of several related fishes (as the menhaden)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. alewives) US any of several species of fish allied to the herring. Etymology: corrupt. of 17th-c. aloofe: orig. uncert.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Alewife 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 species.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Alewife Ale"wife`, n.; pl. Alewives. A woman who keeps an alehouse. --Gay.



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