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 for Branch herring
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Alewife \Ale"wife`\, n.; pl. Alewives. [This word is properly
     aloof, the Indian name of a fish. See Winthrop on the culture
     of maize in America, "Phil Trans." No. 142, p. 1065, and
     Baddam's "Memoirs," vol. ii. p. 131.] (Zool.)
     A North American fish ({Clupea vernalis) of the Herring
     family. It is called also ellwife, ellwhop, branch
     herring. The name is locally applied to other related
     species.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Branch \Branch\, n.; pl. Branches. [OE. braunche, F. branche,
     fr. LL. branca claw of a bird or beast of prey; cf. Armor.
     brank branch, bough.]
     1. (Bot.) A shoot or secondary stem growing from the main
        stem, or from a principal limb or bough of a tree or other
        plant.
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     2. Any division extending like a branch; any arm or part
        connected with the main body of thing; ramification; as,
        the branch of an antler; the branch of a chandelier; a
        branch of a river; a branch of a railway.
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              Most of the branches, or streams, were dried up.
                                                    --W. Irving.
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     3. Any member or part of a body or system; a distinct
        article; a section or subdivision; a department. "Branches
        of knowledge." --Prescott.
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              It is a branch and parcel of mine oath. --Shak.
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     4. (Geom.) One of the portions of a curve that extends
        outwards to an indefinitely great distance; as, the
        branches of an hyperbola.
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     5. A line of family descent, in distinction from some other
        line or lines from the same stock; any descendant in such
        a line; as, the English branch of a family.
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              His father, a younger branch of the ancient stock.
                                                    --Carew.
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     6. (Naut.) A warrant or commission given to a pilot,
        authorizing him to pilot vessels in certain waters.
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     Branches of a bridle, two pieces of bent iron, which bear
        the bit, the cross chains, and the curb.
  
     Branch herring. See Alewife.
  
     Root and branch, totally, wholly.
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     Syn: Bough; limb; shoot; offshoot; twig; sprig.
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