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n. pl. old·wives (-wīvz′)
2. Any of various fishes such as the alewife and the menhaden.


n, pl -wives
1. (Animals) another name for old squaw
2. (Animals) any of various fishes, esp the menhaden or the alewife



n., pl. -wives.
1. any of various fishes, as the alewife or menhaden.
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Noun1.oldwife - tropical Atlantic fisholdwife - tropical Atlantic fish    
triggerfish - any of numerous compressed deep-bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fin
Balistes, genus Balistes - type genus of the Balistidae
2.oldwife - a common long-tailed sea duck of the northern parts of the United Statesoldwife - a common long-tailed sea duck of the northern parts of the United States
sea duck - any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
Clangula, genus Clangula - a genus of ducks
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The ten most "common" species on this reef (based on a multiple of their estimated total abundance and their frequency of occurrence) included three scorpidids, a monacanthid, an apogonid, a carangid, two plotosids, a dinolestid, and an enoplosid. The most heavily represented family was the Serranidae, followed by the Monacanthidae, Pomacentridae, Labridae, Carangidae, Scorpaenidae, Tetraodontidae, and Chaetodontidae.