old squaw
oldwife oldwife n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) The local name of various fishes, as the European black sea bream ({Cantharus lineatus}), the American alewife, etc. [WordNet 1.5]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A tropical Atlantic fish ({Bessy cerca}). [WordNet sense 1]

Syn: queen triggerfish, {Bessy cerca}, oldwench, {Balistes vetula}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A common long-tailed sea duck ({Clangula hyemalis}) of the northern parts of the US; also called {old squaw}. [WordNet sense 2]

Syn: old squaw, {Clangula hyemalis}. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Old squaw — Old Old, a. [Compar. {Older}; superl. {Oldest}.] [OE. old, ald, AS. ald, eald; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald, old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan to grow up, Icel. ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere to nourish. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Old squaw — Squaw Squaw (skw[add]), n. [Massachusetts Indian squa, eshqua; Narragansett squ[^a]ws; Delaware ochqueu, and khqueu; used also in compound words (as the names of animals) in the sense of female.] A female; a woman, especially a married woman; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • old squaw — old′ squaw′ or old′squaw′ n. orn a sea duck, Clangula hyemalis, of arctic and subarctic regions • Etymology: 1830–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • old squaw — noun a common long tailed sea duck of the northern parts of the United States • Syn: ↑oldwife, ↑Clangula hyemalis • Hypernyms: ↑sea duck • Member Holonyms: ↑Clangula, ↑genus Clangula * * * a sea duck, Clangula …   Useful english dictionary

  • old-squaw — ˈ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ noun : a common sea duck (Clangula hyemalis) of the more northern parts of the northern hemisphere of which the adult male is marked with sharply contrasted black and white and has the middle tail feathers very long and slender and the …   Useful english dictionary

  • old-squaw — noun Date: 1838 a common sea duck (Clangula hyemalis) of the more northern parts of the northern hemisphere called also long tailed duck …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • old squaw — a sea duck, Clangula hyemalis, of arctic and subarctic regions. Also, oldsquaw. [1830 40, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • old squaw — /oʊld ˈskwɔ/ (say ohld skwaw) noun a lively, voluble sea duck, Clangula clangula, of northern regions …   Australian English dictionary

  • Old Squaw Islands — Geography Location Northern Canada Coordinates 63°30′N …   Wikipedia

  • Old — Old, a. [Compar. {Older}; superl. {Oldest}.] [OE. old, ald, AS. ald, eald; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald, old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan to grow up, Icel. ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere to nourish. Cf. {Adult} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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