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1A northwestern Atlantic fish of the herring family that swims up rivers to spawn and is found also in the Great Lakes.
- ‘Our goal was to determine if seal numbers increase during the alewife and Atlantic salmon runs.’
- ‘Some of the species that live in the ocean but enter freshwater to spawn are sea lamprey, Atlantic sturgeon, alewife, Atlantic salmon, arctic char, and American eel.’
- ‘Larger salmon eat a variety of fishes such as herring and alewives, smelts, capelin, small mackerel, sand lace, and small cod.’
- ‘Harbor seals were found to congregate in the Saint John Harbour during the runs of alewife but not Atlantic salmon.’
- ‘Few land-locked alewives live longer than 5 years.’
- 1.1another term for menhaden
Mid 17th century: possibly from earlier alewife woman who keeps an alehouse with reference to the fish's large belly.
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