oldwife

[ old-wahyf ]
/ ˈɒldˌwaɪf /

noun, plural old·wives.

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

Origin of oldwife

First recorded in 1580–90; old + wife
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British Dictionary definitions for oldwife

oldwife

/ (ˈəʊldˌwaɪf) /

noun plural -wives

another name for old squaw
any of various fishes, esp the menhaden or the alewife
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