Dutch term – Visvrouw

A visvrouw [literally: fish woman] is a female fish seller. It was not uncommon for wives of fishermen to sell the fish at markets.

Woman selling fish, 1672. Credits: Adriaen van Ostade, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

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  1. ‘Visvrouw’ is also a swear word for a woman with a loud voice.

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