alewife


noun, plural ale·wives.

  1. a North American fish, Alosa pseudoharengus, resembling a small shad.

noun, plural ale·wives.

  1. a woman who owns or operates an alehouse.

noun plural -wives

  1. a North American fish, Pomolobus pseudoharengus, similar to the herring Clupea harengus: family Clupeidae (herrings)
n.

herring-like fish of North America, 1630s, named from the word for female tavern keepers (late 14c.), from ale + wife; the fish so called in reference to its large abdomen.

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