Alewife

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Alewife

a woman who keeps an alehouse.

Origin: this word is properly aloof, the indian name of a fish.

(Science: zoology) 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.