alewife


alewife
I. noun Date: 15th century a woman who keeps an alehouse II. noun (plural alewives) Etymology: perhaps alteration of obsolete allowes, a kind of shad, from French alose shad, from Old French, from Late Latin alausa Date: 1633 a food fish (Alosa pseudoharengus) of the herring family that is very abundant along the Atlantic coast; also any of several related fishes (as the menhaden)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.