Bessy cerca
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]


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  • Bessy cerca — 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:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bessy cerca — noun tropical Atlantic fish • Syn: ↑queen triggerfish, ↑oldwench, ↑oldwife, ↑Balistes vetula • Hypernyms: ↑triggerfish • Member Holonyms: ↑Balistes, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Balistes vetula — 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:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cantharus lineatus — 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:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clangula hyemalis — 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:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clangula hyemalis — 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:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • queen triggerfish — noun tropical Atlantic fish • Syn: ↑Bessy cerca, ↑oldwench, ↑oldwife, ↑Balistes vetula • Hypernyms: ↑triggerfish • Member Holonyms: ↑Balistes, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Balistes — noun type genus of the Balistidae • Syn: ↑genus Balistes • Hypernyms: ↑fish genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Balistidae, ↑family Balistidae • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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