any of a genus (Tilapia) of African cichlid fishes, often introduced into lakes or rivers because they are valuable food fishes that control the growth of algae
Origin of tilapiaModern Latin from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Any of various cichlid fishes of the genera Tilapia, Oreochromis, and Sarotherodon, native to Africa and the Middle East and raised for food in many parts of the world.
Origin of tilapiaNew Latin Tilapia genus name from Tswana tlhapi fish
(plural tilapias or tilapia)
New Latin, from Tswana thiape (“fish")