from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See oldsquaw.
  • n. Any of various fishes such as the alewife and the menhaden.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A duck; the old squaw.
  • n. The local name of various fishes, as the European black sea bream (Cantharus lineatus), the American alewife, etc.
  • n. A tropical Atlantic fish (Bessy cerca).
  • n. A common long-tailed sea duck (Clangula hyemalis) of the northern parts of the US; also called old squaw.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The long-tailed sea-duck, Harelda glacialis, of the family Anatidæ and the subfamily Fuligulinæ.
  • n. In ichthyology, one of several different fishes.
  • n.
  • n. A cowl for a chimney, to prevent its smoking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a common long-tailed sea duck of the northern parts of the United States
  • n. tropical Atlantic fish


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