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ale·wife 1

 (āl′wīf′)
n. pl. ale·wives (-wīvz′)
A fish (Alosa pseudoharengus) of North American Atlantic waters and some inland lakes, which swims up rivers to spawn.

[Originally North American English, probably from alteration (influenced by alewife, because the fish's relatively big belly distinguishes it from the herring) of obsolete English aloes, allowes, a type of shad (Alosa alosa), from French alose, shad, from Old French, from Late Latin alausa, of Gaulish origin.]

ale·wife 2

 (āl′wīf′)
n. pl. ale·wives (-wīvz′)
A woman who keeps an alehouse.

alewife

(ˈeɪlˌwaɪf)
n, pl -wives
(Animals) a North American fish, Pomolobus pseudoharengus, similar to the herring Clupea harengus: family Clupeidae (herrings)
[C19: perhaps an alteration (through influence of alewife, that is, a large rotund woman, alluding to the fish's shape) of French alose shad]

ale•wife1

(ˈeɪlˌwaɪf)

n., pl. -wives.
a North American fish, Alosa pseudoharengus, similar to a shad.
[1625–35, Amer.; earlier allowes, perhaps influenced by alewife2, probably < French alose shad < Gallo-Latin alausa]

ale•wife2

(ˈeɪlˌwaɪf)

n., pl. -wives.
a woman who owns or operates an alehouse.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alewife - flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streamsalewife - flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams
Alosa pseudoharengus, Pomolobus pseudoharengus, alewife - shad-like food fish that runs rivers to spawn; often salted or smoked; sometimes placed in genus Pomolobus
fish - the flesh of fish used as food; "in Japan most fish is eaten raw"; "after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat"; "they have a chef who specializes in fish"
2.alewife - shad-like food fish that runs rivers to spawnalewife - shad-like food fish that runs rivers to spawn; often salted or smoked; sometimes placed in genus Pomolobus
clupeid, clupeid fish - any of numerous soft-finned schooling food fishes of shallow waters of northern seas
alewife - flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams
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But of my own knowledge, I know that down to the year sharks and shad, alewives and herring, against Linnaeus's express edict, were still found dividing the possession of the same seas with the Leviathan.
Restoring passage for dwindling populations of important forage fish will support the recovery of not only alewives and herring, but the region's iconic ground-fish populations as well.
But we must also remember that these spawning pathways conveyed fitness to Great Lakes walleye populations thousands of years before alewives came and went.
Two species of river herring, alewives and blueback herring, are critical components of marine food webs, right up to the fishermen on shore and at sea who harvest them.
Shane fishes live alewives, which he freelines with just a 3-inch piece of light leader wire and a light-wire bait hook.
This allows a lure to mimic the swimming action of common baitfish such as alewives and rainbow smelt.
Work may be gridlocked across town on Capitol Hill, but there's no stopping the unfurling of the skunk cabbage leaves or the return of the alewives to Rock Creek.
I knew this because my poetry workshop was overrun by student poems lamenting the cruel cycle of life and the ephemeral nature of nature as symbolized by alewives.
Following the water odyssey of a matron fish named Pesca, a school of alewives make their way to a freshwater lake named Lily Lake to spawn, laying their eggs on the bottom.
alewives and bluebackeds, have plummeted in recent years and most runs have been closed to netting, their cousin, the Atlantic herring, has made a resurgence in our region, once again providing big commercial catches.
Croix River between Maine and New Brunswick that allowed for a resurgence of spawning alewives, an important food source for many freshwater and marine species.