[tuh-lah-pee-uh, -ley-]


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



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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