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NOUN (2)

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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Alewife \Ale"wife`\, n.; pl. Alewives. A woman who keeps an alehouse. --Gay. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.] (Zool.) 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

alewife 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]