tilefish

[ tahyl-fish ]
/ ˈtaɪlˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) tile·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) tile·fish·es.

a large, brilliantly colored food fish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, of deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
any of several related fishes of the family Branchiostegidae.

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Origin of tilefish

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; tile + fish

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British Dictionary definitions for tilefish

tilefish
/ (ˈtaɪlˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -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 for tilefish

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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