alewife

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alewife shad-like food fish that runs rivers to spawn; often salted or smoked; sometimes placed in genus Pomolobus
    • n alewife flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alewife (Zoöl) 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.
    • n Alewife A woman who keeps an alehouse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alewife A woman who keeps an ale-house.
    • n alewife A North American fish, Clupea vernalis, from 8 to 10 inches long, resembling a small shad, but much inferior to it as food. It is taken in large numbers with that fish.
    • n alewife A name given at Bermuda to the round pompano, Trachynotus ovatus. See pompano.
    • n alewife A local English name of the allice-shad.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alewife āl′wīf a fish of the same genus as the shad, about a foot in length, common on the east coast of North America.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Said to be a corr. of aloofe, the Indian name of a fish.

Usage

In literature:

Alewife and her Hens, 73.
"The Book of Noodles" by W. A. Clouston
Among those with a familiar appearance were the sturgeon, perch, and pike, and a small fish resembling our alewife.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
Slit herrin' was a long-dried, deep-salted edition of the native alewife, a fish in which Wallencamp abounded.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
Alewife in old English was applied to the women, usually very stout dames, who kept alehouses.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Alewife was corrupted to old-wife and ell-wife.
"The Stronghold" by Miriam Haynie
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In news:

Restoration of the Alewife .
All Blogs Laser Orgy That midnight train to Alewife: Poets slam on the MBTA.
MBTA says " all clear " after suspicious package shuts down Alewife Station.
One of the Chinook 's major food sources, a tiny fish called the alewife, is at or near historic lows.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has been working at restoring alewife populations for more than forty years.
Seeking full-time Research Technician to assist with structural analysis of alewife otoliths.
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