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oldwife

[old-wahyf] /ˈɒldˌwaɪf/
noun, plural oldwives.
1.
any of various fishes, as the alewife, the menhaden, or a West Indian fish of the family Balistidae.
2.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; old + wife
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British Dictionary definitions for old-wives

oldwife

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