old wife


noun, plural oldwives.
any of various fishes, as the alewife, the menhaden, or a West Indian fish of the family Balistidae.

1580–90; old + wife

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oldwife (ˈəʊldˌwaɪf)
n , pl -wives
1.  another name for old squaw
2.  any of various fishes, esp the menhaden or the alewife

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