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Definition of the noun alewife

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noun - plural: alewives

  1. flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams
  2. shad-like food fish that runs rivers to spawn; often salted or smoked; sometimes placed in genus Pomolobus

Alternative definition of the noun alewife


  1. [archaic] A woman who keeps an alehouse.
  2. A North American fish [Clupea vernalis] of the herring family.
  3. A migrating North American fish, Alosa pseudoharengus.
  4. Any of several species similar in appearance.


Alewife is an MBTA Red Line subway station located in North Cambridge, Massachusetts. The northern terminus of the Red Line, Alewife serves as a local intermodal transit hub. Its facilities include a multi-level parking garage with 2,733 spaces, two secured bicycle cages, a busway with an enclosed shelter serving several MBTA Bus routes, and connections to the Minuteman Bikeway, Cambridge Linear Park and the Fitchburg Cutoff Path. Alewife is located adjacent to the interchange between Alewife Brook Parkway and the Massachusetts Route 2 freeway, with ramps providing direct access to and from the expressway portion of Route 2.


  1. Alewife was a cache coherent multiprocessor developed in the early 1990s by a group led by Anant Agarwal at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was based on a network of up to 512 processing nodes, each of which used the Sparcle computer architecture, which was formed by modifying a Sun Microsystems SPARC CPU to include the APRIL techniques for fast context switches.
  2. Alewife, also brewess or brewster, is a historical term for a woman who brewed ale for commercial sale.

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Google previewFly Fishing Boston: A Complete Saltwater Guide from Rhode Island to Maine (2003)

by Terry Tessein

The alewife is an anadromous herring, which means that it spends most ofits life in the open ocean but spawns in freshwater streams and ponds ...

Google previewThe Primal Place (2007)

by Robert Finch

The alewife is an anadromous fish; that is, like the salmon, it makes an annual spring migration from its saltwater home up coastal rivers and streams to spawn in freshwater ponds and lakes. Beginning with a trickle of individuals and small ...

Google previewGeneric EIS for Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses Renewal (1996)

Environmental Impact Statement

Pelagic Species Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) The alewife is an anadromous species common in New England (Mullen et al. 1986, in ENSR 2000), and in the area of PNPS. The species is historically one of the most commercially ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Invasive Species (2011)

From Africanized Honey Bees to Zebra Mussels by Susan L. Woodward, Joyce A. Quinn

Population reduction is the only option available in the Great Lakes, where the alewife is a permanent addition to the fish fauna, and eradication might actually cause more damage to the ecosystem. Reestablishment of the Atlantic salmon and ...

Google previewFishes of the Minnesota Region (1982)

by Gary L. Phillips

The alewife is a silvery fish, usually less than a foot long, that has a purple spot on each side behind its head. It is slimmer than the gizzard shad and can be distinguished from the latter by its lack of an elongated ray at the back of the dorsal fin.

Google previewLake Invaders (2016)

Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes by William Rapai

The alewife population, on the other hand, was controlled by accident. Growing only about seven inches long, the alewife is a relatively small member of the herring family. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this otherwise unremarkable ...

Google previewFermenting Revolution (2006)

How to Drink Beer and Save the World by Christopher Mark O'Brien

The alewife is a species of ocean shad that began invading the Great Lakes when the Welland Canal opened in 1829. The canal facilitated industrial expansion into the American Midwest, but also opened the door for this alien invasion.

Google previewOutlands (1988)

Journeys to the Outer Edges of Cape Cod by Robert Finch

The alewife is an anadromous fish; that is, like the salmon, it makes an annual migration from its saltwater home up coastal rivers and streams to spawn in freshwater ponds and lakes. Beginning with a trickle of individuals and small groups in ...

Google previewGreene County Nuclear Power Plant, Construction (1979)

Environmental Impact Statement

The alewife is an important forage species found along the coast from Nova Scotia to the Carolinas. During April and May, the fish travel upstream into many tributary ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

The Alewife comes ALEUTIAN, or Aleutsky, in geography, a from the ocean into the rivers of Virginia about group or chain of islands, on the northeast of the (ame time with the Chad, and travels upwards Kamtchatka, near the continent of ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms (2000)

by Robert Hendrickson

alewife 173 Acadian owl Mainers and other New Englanders call the little saw- whet or barn owl (Ulula acadica) by this name. accommodatin' as a hog on ice Very unobliging or disagreeable. Cited as a common Maine and New Hampshire ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2013)

by Andrew Smith

Sea lamprey, alewife, and white perch entered the lakes via canals. Other species, such as ...

Google previewDictionary of Food (2009)

International Food and Cooking Terms from A to Z by Charles Sinclair

alewife UnitedStates Amember ofthe ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

leister flat fish: bream, brill, butt, dab, dace, flounder, fluke, halibut, plaice, ray, sanddab, skate, sole, sunfish, torpedo, turbot game fish: bass, grilse, marlin, perch, pickerel, pike, salmon, swordfish, tarpon, trout, tuna herring: alewife, pilchard, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Beer (2014)

The Beer Lover's Bible - A Complete Reference To Beer Styles, Brewing Methods, Ingredients, Festivals, Traditions, And More) by Christine P. Rhodes

ALEWIFE. A. n Old English term for the landlady of an alehouse. Throughout Western history, women presided over the making ofbeer. Notuntil the medieval church entered the brewing andsaloon business did men gain a foothold inthis ...

Google previewMultilingual Dictionary of Fish and Fish Products (2009)

by OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

ALEWIFE refers to + ALLIS SHAD (Alosa alosa).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Marine Science (2009)

by C. Reid Nichols, Robert G. Williams

Name Description common Scientific Alewife Alosa Native to the Atlantic coast, these anadromous fish migrate up rivers and pseudoharengus small streams to spawn and then return to sea shortly after spawning. They have been introduced ...

Google previewThe Grocer's Encyclopedia ... (1911)

The fruit, big and heavy, weigh- ALEWIFE: an American species of herring, taken along the coast from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Chesapeake Bay. It is largely exported after salting to the West Indies. ALKALINE WATERS. See Mineral Waters.

Google previewDictionary of Americanisms (1877)

A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States by John Russell Bartlett

An alewife. Western Connecticut. See Alewife. Buckeye 1. (sEsculus glabra.) A small tree growing on the river banks from West Pennsylvania and Virginia to Michigan and Kentucky, the bark of which exhales an unpleasant odor. Other species ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1892)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature : Supplement

The former is the more abundant, begins to run up the streams earlier, and may be looked upon as the typical alewife ; the latter is discriminated by some of the fishermen in the North as the "blue-back," and in the Chesapeake Bay as the "ยง lut ...

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The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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