(archaic) A woman who keeps an alehouse.
A North American fish, Clupea vernalis, of the herring family.
- Pomolobus pseudoharengus
- Alosa pseudoharengus
Other Word Forms of Alewife
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.
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.
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