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 for ellwife
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.
     [1913 Webster]

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