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old·wife

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

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

(ˈɒldˌwaɪf)

n., pl. -wives.
1. any of various fishes, as the alewife or menhaden.
[1580–90]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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 fishes of the families Banjosidae, Lethrinidae, Sparidae, Girellidae, Kyphosidae, Oplegnathidae, Sciaenidae, Sillaginidae, Arripidae and Enoplosidae, collected by the United States Bureau of Fisheries Steamer "Albatross", chiefly in Philippine seas and adjacent waters.
The fishes of the families Banjosidae, Lethrinidae, Sparidae, Girellidae, Kyphosidae, Oplegnathidae, Gerridae, Mullidae, Emmelichthyidae, Sciaenidae, Sillaginidae, Arripidae, and Enoplosidae collected by the United States Bureau of Fisheries steamer "Albatross," chiefly in Philippine seas and adjacent waters.
Volume 12 (Fowler, 1933) dealt with Banjosidae, Lethrinidae, Sparidae, Girellidae, Kyphosidae, Oplegnathidae, Gerreidae, Mullidae, Emmelichthyidae, Sciaenidae, Sillaginidae, Arripidae, and Enoplosidae.