Definition of alewife in English:

alewife

Line breaks: ale|wife
Pronunciation: /ˈeɪlwʌɪf
 
/

noun (plural alewives)

A NW Atlantic fish of the herring family, which swims up rivers to spawn.
  • Alosa pseudoharengus, family Clupeidae
More example sentences
  • Larger salmon eat a variety of fishes such as herring and alewives, smelts, capelin, small mackerel, sand lace, and small cod.
  • Our goal was to determine if seal numbers increase during the alewife and Atlantic salmon runs.
  • Some of the species that live in the ocean but enter freshwater to spawn are sea lamprey, Atlantic sturgeon, alewife, Atlantic salmon, arctic char, and American eel.

Origin

mid 17th century: possibly from earlier alewife 'woman who keeps an ale house', with reference to the fish's large belly.

Definition of alewife in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day epyllion
Pronunciation: ɪˈpɪlɪən
noun
a narrative poem resembling an epic in style...