oldwife

[old-wahyf]

Origin of oldwife

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

oldwife

noun plural -wives
  1. another name for old squaw
  2. any of various fishes, esp the menhaden or the alewife
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