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