alewife


alewife
alewife [āl′wīf΄]
n.
pl. alewives [āl′wīvz΄]
1. a woman who keeps an alehouse
2. [< ?] a NW Atlantic clupeid fish ( Alosa pseudoharengus) that swims up rivers to spawn in the spring: used for food and in fertilizers

English World dictionary. . 2014.