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[tahyl-fish] /ˈtaɪlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) tilefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) tilefishes.
a large, brilliantly colored food fish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, of deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
any of several related fishes of the family Branchiostegidae.
Origin of tilefish
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85; tile + fish Unabridged
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noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
a large brightly coloured deep-sea percoid food fish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, of warm and tropical seas, esp the North American coast of the Atlantic: family Branchiostegidae
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin -tilus, ending of genus name Lopholatilus; perhaps also from a resemblance between its colours and patterning and ornamental tiles
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