Definition of oldwife in English:

oldwife

Syllabification: old·wife
Pronunciation: /ˈōldwīf
 
/

noun

1Any of a number of deep-bodied edible marine fishes, in particular.
More example sentences
  • Porcupine fish and old wives hover near encrusted piles, while talma poke among the soft corals.
  • Large schools of old wives, bullseyes and big trevally, too wily for the fishermen, took refuge here.
  • Heading up the boulder slope towards Slot Cave to look for a resident school of old wives, we came across a couple of Port Jackson shark egg cases, which reminded me of WWI hand grenades.
2 another term for oldsquaw.

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