old wife
Sea bream Sea" bream` (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of sparoid fishes, especially the common European species ({Pagellus centrodontus}), the Spanish ({P. Oweni}), and the black sea bream ({Cantharus lineatus}); -- called also {old wife}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Old wife — 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 wife — 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|wife — «OHLD WYF», noun, plural wives, or old wife, 1. any one of various fishes, such as the alewife, menhaden, and certain triggerfish. 2. = old squaw. (Cf. ↑old squaw) ╂[(def. 1) probably variant of alewife] …   Useful english dictionary

  • old wife — /oʊld ˈwaɪf/ (say ohld wuyf) noun (plural old wives /oʊld ˈwaɪvs/ (say ohld wuyvs)) 1. an old woman. 2. a silver white to brown fish, Enoplosus armatus, with six to eight black bands of variable width; found in southern waters of Australia; zebra …   Australian English dictionary

  • old wife — Spot Spot (sp[o^]t), n. [Cf. Scot. & D. spat, Dan. spette, Sw. spott spittle, slaver; from the root of E. spit. See {Spit} to eject from the mouth, and cf. {Spatter}.] 1. A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • old wife — žvaigždėtoji raguotė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Abalistes stellaris angl. old wife; starry triggerfish rus. обыкновенный абалист ryšiai: platesnis terminas – Sealio raguotės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • old wife — noun (plural old wives) Etymology: Middle English : a prattling old woman : gossip a mishmash of old wives tales J.N.Leonard …   Useful english dictionary

  • old-wife — …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • Old age — 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

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