Alewife meaning

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A woman who keeps an alehouse.
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A woman who keeps an alehouse.
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(archaic) A woman who keeps an alehouse.
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A fish (Alosa pseudoharengus) of North American Atlantic waters and some inland lakes, which swims up rivers to spawn.
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A NW Atlantic clupeid fish (Alosa pseudoharengus) that swims up rivers to spawn in the spring: used for food and in fertilizers.
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A North American fish, Clupea vernalis, of the herring family.
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A migrating North American fish, Alosa pseudoharengus.
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Any of several species similar in appearance.
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Origin of alewife

  • Probably alteration (influenced by alewife) of obsolete allowes a type of shad from French alose shad from Old French from Late Latin alausa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from allowes (“a type of shad”), from French alose (“shad”), from Old French, from Late Latin alausa, influenced by Etymology 1 due to large belly of the fish.

    From Wiktionary

  • Unknown. Possibly from aloof, the Indian name of a fish. See Winthrop on the culture of maize in America, “Phil Trans.” No. 142, p. 1065, and Baddam’s “Memoirs,” vol. ii. p. 131.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary