Definition of Alewife

1. Noun. Flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams.

Group relationships: Alosa Pseudoharengus, Pomolobus Pseudoharengus
Generic synonyms: Fish



2. Noun. Shad-like food fish that runs rivers to spawn; often salted or smoked; sometimes placed in genus Pomolobus.
Exact synonyms: Alosa Pseudoharengus, Pomolobus Pseudoharengus
Generic synonyms: Clupeid, Clupeid Fish
Group relationships: Alosa, Genus Alosa

Definition of Alewife

1. n. A woman who keeps an alehouse.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Alewife

1. Noun. (archaic) A woman who keeps an alehouse. ¹

2. Noun. A North American fish (qualifier Clupea vernalis) of the herring family. ¹

3. Noun. A migrating North American fish, ''Alosa pseudoharengus''. ¹

4. Noun. Any of several species similar in appearance. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Alewife

1. a marine fish [n -WIVES]

Medical Definition of Alewife

1. A woman who keeps an alehouse. Origin: This word is properly aloof, the Indian name of a fish. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Alewife

aleuronaplasts
aleurone grain
aleurones
aleuronic
aleuronoid
aleurons
aleuroplast
aleuroplasts
aleutian mink disease
aleutian mink disease virus
alevin
alevins
alew
alewife (current term)
alewives
alews
alex
alexander disease
alexanders
alexandrine
alexandrines
alexandrite
alexandrites
alexia
alexias
alexic
alexical
alexin

Literary usage of Alewife

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1. State Sanitation: A Review of the Work of the Massachusetts State Board of by George Chandler Whipple (1917)
"1906 Mystic River and alewife Brook. (Senate, No. 363. ... 2-18 The report states that the Mystic River, alewife Brook and their tributaries are most ..."

2. Town of Arlington, Past and Present by Charles S Parker (1907)
"Pollution of alewife Brook. — Charlestown street named Broadway. — Old elm cut down. — First Union Thanksgiving service. —Arlington Improvement Association. ..."

3. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1883)
"V20 in the extent and value of her alewife (called Capital invested (vessels, boat», .bore-property, herring;) fisheries. уЬ'м«0^""* . ..."

4. Popular Tales and Fictions: Their Migrations and Transformations by William Alexander Clouston (1887)
"THE THREE GRAZIERS AND THE alewife. story of Attorney-General Noy and the Three -*' Graziers is a well-worn " Joe Miller," and furnishes a curious instance ..."

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