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ale·wife 1

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

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



n., pl. -wives.
a woman who owns or operates an alehouse.
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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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DE: A non-native species like the quagga or zebra mussel, goby, or alewife fish is pretty much impossible to eradicate.
Abstract--This study assessed the aging techniques and growth rates of river herring, the alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), in the tributaries of the Potomac River in northern Virginia.
Southampton received $410,000 for widening a culvert on Alewife Creek to allow for the passage of additional water during storm events and as sea level rises.
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The new 50,000-square-foot facility, being constructed in the Alewife Research Center in Cambridge, is expected to be fully operational in early 2019.
G2D2 will be established within the Alewife Research Center in the Alewife area, located in the north-west part of Cambridge, which is one of the world's leading biotechnology clusters where private research organizations in addition to academic institutions such as Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University are concentrated.
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Chapter 4 looks back to the Adam and Eve and Noah plays before introducing the Alewife figure of Chester's Harrowing of Hell in terms of work as punishment for sin, good- and poor-quality work, and the regulation of women's labour by men.
Also, in their discussion of the unique episode of the damned Alewife in the Harrowing of Hell, the authors muse about whether 'since...
But post-spawn walleyes moving to Lake Huron to feed makes little sense since the alewife population crashed and food for big walleyes is scarce.