[ tuh-lah-pee-uh, -ley- ]
/ təˈlɑ pi ə, -ˈleɪ- /
any freshwater cichlid of the genus Tilapia, of African waters: an important food fish.
Origin of tilapia
< New Latin (1849); ulterior origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for tilapia
/ (tɪˈlæpɪə, -ˈleɪ-) /
any mouthbrooding cichlid fish of the African freshwater genus Tilapia: used as food fishes
Word Origin for tilapia
C18: from New Latin
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Word Origin and History for tilapia
1849, formed in Modern Latin, perhaps from Greek tilon, name of a fish in Aristotle, + apios "distant."
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