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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alewife  \Ale"wife`\,  n.;  pl  {Alewives}.  [This  word  is  properly 
  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.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  North  American  fish  ({Clupea  vernalis})  of  the  Herring 
  family.  It  is  called  also  {ellwife},  {ellwhop},  {branch 
  herring}.  The  name  is  locally  applied  to  other  related 
  species. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alewife  \Ale"wife`\,  n.;  pl  {Alewives}. 
  A  woman  who  keeps  an  alehouse.  --Gay. 




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